\ ˈfən How to pronounce fun (audio) \

Definition of fun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : what provides amusement or enjoyment specifically : playful often boisterous action or speech full of fun
2 : a mood for finding or making amusement all in fun
3a : amusement, enjoyment sickness takes all the fun out of life play games for fun
b : derisive jest : sport, ridicule a figure of fun They made fun of the way he talked.
4 : violent or excited activity or argument Insults were exchanged and then the fun began.


funned; funning

Definition of fun (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to indulge in banter or play : joke
sometimes funner; sometimes funnest

Definition of fun (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : providing entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment a fun party a fun person to be with
2 : full of fun : pleasant have a fun time

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fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose. played cards just for fun jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing. hurt by remarks said only in jest sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone. teasing begun in sport led to anger game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun. made game of their poor relations play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief. pretended to strangle his brother in play

Frequently Asked Questions About fun

Is funner a word?

Yes, funner is a word, in spite of the fact that many people either wish it were not or believe that it isn’t. The comparative form of the adjective fun (meaning "more fun") has demonstrated widespread use over many decades and in a wide variety of published writing.

Is funnest a word?

Yes, funnest is a word, in spite of those that wish it were not. The superlative form of the adjective fun (meaning "most fun") has demonstrated widespread use over many decades, in a wide variety of published writing.

Is there a plural of fun?

Fun commonly functions as an adjective ("I had a fun time") and as a noun ("Let’s have some fun"), and somewhat less commonly as a verb ("I’m just funning you"). In its role as a noun the word is a noncount noun ("a noun that denotes a homogeneous substance or a concept without subdivisions and that in English is preceded in indefinite singular constructions by some rather than a or an"), and does not have a plural form.

Examples of fun in a Sentence

Noun I can't remember when I've had so much fun. Sickness takes all the fun out of life. Verb He's just funning with you. just a couple of old friends funning with each other Adjective Our vacation was a fun time. She's a fun person to be with. The park is a fun place to visit. We had a fun time at the movie.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun GREAT VALUE Lion & Dove Rosé 2019 Valle Central, Chile, $12 Made from cabernet sauvignon, this rosé hits all the right notes: Simple, refreshing fruit, bright acidity and this wine is fun to drink. Washington Post, "This kosher-for-Passover rosé hits all the right notes and is only $12," 27 Mar. 2020 Kexuan Zhou struggled to focus on the North Texas tennis team’s matches, having fun with her teammates or much else during the Mean Green’s trip to Hawaii earlier this month. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Tennis: UNT coach Sujay Lama guided foreign players through tough decisions in wake of coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 But getting your inner Marie Kondo on is more fun with a buddy. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "100 Cute Date Ideas so You Never Get Bored Again," 26 Mar. 2020 For your first meeting, start with an accessible novel — one with interesting characters, which are often more fun to debate than plot points. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "10 Virtual Book Clubs You Can Join Now—And How to Start Your Own," 25 Mar. 2020 But the best spring jackets, with their bright colors and fresh silhouettes, are exponentially more fun. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "The 15 Best Spring Jackets to Shop in 2020," 25 Mar. 2020 These simulations are just momentary fun, which wears off particularly fast for an athlete who just had his real-life dreams snatched away. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "Can't watch March Madness for real? Simulate your own game," 22 Mar. 2020 Gunfighting with cardboard targets while a timer’s running is fun. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Here’s Why Shooters Shouldn’t Make Their Own Targets," 19 Mar. 2020 Buy for the skiing that is the most fun for you now. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Everything You Need to Know About Ski-Touring Bindings," 18 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Winter guests are used to fun at Afterglow, especially when Mitch is in town. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin resort creates spinning ice carousel on frozen lake," 4 Mar. 2020 The new measure would effectively reset his term count to zero, allowing him to fun for two more six-year terms. Fox News, "Putin asks court to amend constitution, allow him to remain in power until 2036," 15 Mar. 2020 Her performance swings from flirty to sinister to fun to terrifying without ever seeming confused, making her the show’s standout. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Locke & Key Masters the Netflix Recipe—for Better or Worse," 7 Feb. 2020 Offerings range from classics like chicken milanese and bucatini carbonara, to fun new combinations like farro risotto and roasted shrimp with ajo blanco sauce. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Orca that carried dead, decomposing calf for weeks now returns to fun with friends. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Clues in stolen plane mystery; Omarosa's secret White House recording sparks security concerns," 13 Aug. 2018 But here are some top spots to visit and fun things to do with your best friend. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 places you can bring your dog around Milwaukee this summer," 16 May 2018 Wide-open acceleration might fun, but slowing down that speeding hunk of metal is much more important. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "10 Tire and Brake Problems All Drivers Need to Know," 23 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bench coach Kai Correa went out of his way to give Wotus a fun little jab on Wotus’ 59th birthday last week for the entire clubhouse to see. Henry Schulman,, "Giants Splash: Assuming a bad bullpen won’t matter? Think again," 11 Mar. 2020 Flour Hey, this isn’t an earthquake or flood—you’re still going to have power so go ahead and bake something fun. Maya Wong, Sunset Magazine, "Your Plan to Stock Up and Eat Well During the Coronavirus Era," 5 Mar. 2020 What would be a fun thing to do in the summer on a bike path? Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "'Kind of a happy accident:' Popular lemonade stand gets permanent home in Eastern Market," 27 Feb. 2020 Led by senior captains Logan Paranto and Wilson Aybar, the Indians play a fun run-and-gun style that could pace them to a sectional title. Nate Weitzer,, "MIAA boys’ basketball: Breaking down the brackets," 23 Feb. 2020 But Caruso and Fall became fan favorites and the movement to mess with the NBA’s voting system became a fun thing to follow as voting results were released each week over the past month. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "NBA fans should be applauded for what they did for Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall," 24 Jan. 2020 While Dimitrov is no longer in the competition, fans can continue to look out for additional fun athlete fashion choices as the tournament continues through February 2. Georgia Slater,, "Serena Williams Teases Bulgarian Tennis Player Grigor Dimitrov Over Tracksuit: 'Is That Mine?'," 23 Jan. 2020 One of the most fun things about owning a Tesla is the constant tweaks and improvements. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week," 22 Dec. 2019 Another bonus: The Fire comes in several fun colors including twilight blue, plum, and sage. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Kindle for Travel—Plus More E-Readers and Tablets We Love," 10 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fun.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of fun


1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1802, in the meaning defined above


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fun

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

English dialect fun to hoax, perhaps alteration of Middle English fonnen, from fonne dupe

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Last Updated

1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce fun (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: someone or something that is amusing or enjoyable : an enjoyable experience or person
: an enjoyable or amusing time
: the feeling of being amused or entertained



English Language Learners Definition of fun (Entry 2 of 3)

US, informal : to speak or act in a way that is not serious

English Language Learners Definition of fun (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : providing amusement : amusing or enjoyable


\ ˈfən How to pronounce fun (audio) \

Kids Definition of fun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment They were fun to play with.
2 : a good time We had a lot of fun. She painted for fun.
3 : words or actions to make someone or something an object of ridicule He made fun of my singing.

Kids Definition of fun (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : providing fun a fun trip
2 : full of fun We had a fun time together.

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