\ 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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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. 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Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Taurus and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 17 Apr. 2020 The Camp Hello Bello site also has fun activity ideas for the family like a scavenger hunt at home and Bello Ball, a game that can be played with just a ball and a cardboard box. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's Virtual Camp for Kids Is Hiring Camp Counselors," 8 Apr. 2020 For subscribers: When Ryan McMahon leaves the Yum Center, an era of Louisville basketball leaves with him A slow start isn't fun — both teams combined to shoot 3-of-16 from the field before the first TV timeout. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball steps up on Senior Day and scores a win over Virginia Tech," 2 Mar. 2020 Samsung Z Flip That flipping action, while not a sane reason to buy a phone at any price, is admittedly so very fun. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Motorola Razr vs. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: The Flip Phone Is Back and It’s Not a Total Flop," 15 Feb. 2020 Perhaps only these two Spaniards could make melancholy so fun. Thomas Page, CNN, "Get up to speed on this year's Oscar nominees for best international feature film," 7 Feb. 2020 Several celebrities have decided to dye their hair fun colors — Hilary Duff, for example, dyed her hair blue, and a handful of stars have gone pink — but Rose simply couldn't decide between the two shades. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ruby Rose Dyed Her New Buzz Cut Half Blue and Half Pink," 2 May 2020

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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

27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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