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fun

play
noun \ ˈfən \

Definition of fun

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
3 a :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.

Examples of fun in a Sentence

  1. I can't remember when I've had so much fun.

  2. Sickness takes all the fun out of life.

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Origin and Etymology of fun

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

Synonym Discussion of fun

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

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fun

verb

Definition of fun

funned; funning
intransitive verb
:to indulge in banter or play :joke

Examples of fun in a Sentence

  1. He's just funning with you.

  2. just a couple of old friends funning with each other

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Origin and Etymology of fun

see 1fun

fun Synonyms


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fun

adjective

Definition of fun

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

Examples of fun in a Sentence

  1. Our vacation was a fun time.

  2. She's a fun person to be with.

  3. The park is a fun place to visit.

  4. We had a fun time at the movie.

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Can something be funner or funnest?

Fun is a word which many people find does not live up to its definition, especially when it is used as an adjective (meaning “full of fun” or “amusing, enjoyable, pleasant”). In fact, there is a sizable portion of the English-speaking world which does not consider fun to be a proper adjective at all; these people feel that it is only a noun, which is why you sometimes hear that you should write “it was so much fun,” rather than “it was so fun.” It thereby stands to reason that if fun is not an adjective, it should not be used in the comparative and superlative forms of funner and funnest.

However, we do provide a definition for the adjectival use of fun, due to the fact that it has been used in such a fashion since at least the mid-1800s. We also list funner and funnest as comparative and superlative forms, due to the fact that these words are often employed in this manner (although we recognize that there are some who accept fun as an adjective, but feel that “more fun” and “most fun” are preferable). Including funner and funnest is not a directive that you should use these forms; it is a recognition of their existence, and you should feel free to use them or avoid them, as you see fit.

Origin and Etymology of fun

see 1fun



FUN Defined for English Language Learners

fun

play
noun

Definition of fun for English Language Learners

  • : 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


fun

verb

Definition of fun for English Language Learners

  • : to speak or act in a way that is not serious


fun

adjective

Definition of fun for English Language Learners

  • : providing amusement : amusing or enjoyable


FUN Defined for Kids

1

fun

play
noun \ ˈfən \

Definition of fun for Students

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.

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fun

adjective

Definition of fun for Students

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


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