1) Formerly it was often used to mean ‘silly’ or , more strongly, ‘idiotic’, and the OED has 'fond Allye's child' in Durham in 1640.

It gave rise to a nickname: 1445 lego cuidam vocato fonde Robyn si vivat per iiij annos post decessum meum quolibet anno ijs, Beverley.

places Beverley
dates 1445

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