\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stars had tons of fun this past week with some of springs' most beloved traditional celebrations, from Mother's Day spent with their family to college graduations that featured some A-list attendees. People Staff,, 12 May 2022 Twenty years later, Hart was back in town for her fourth Derby Day and a night of fun — and some karaoke — at the gala. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2022 As scientists discovering new species and the recovery of a coral reef show us, serious research need not be devoid of fun. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2022 The fun-loving Boston Ghosts tour dredges up stories of misery and death in Beantown. Pamela Wright,, 6 May 2022 All this helps Wisconsin develop and attract people who are hard working, resilient, caring, fun-loving, creative and funny. Keith Uhlig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Putting aside the fact that definitions of fun are subjective, Kuenzle claims to spend more time in the mountains than the majority of his critics. Outside Online, 5 May 2022 Why the fun-loving Nacua is treating it like his last chance. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 Here, two surf fish-ready jetties separate Mustang Island and Padre Island, and there are designated swim areas for plenty of fun in the water. Robin Soslow, Chron, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From festive baskets to fun collectable toys, Easter gifts require a lot of details and there is no better way to get everything together than some online shopping. Victoria Priola, oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 That doesn’t even include the cost of fuel to actually fun the facilities. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2022 McEnroe was embarrassing some of the time, but really fun some of the time, too. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Going to fun to be around our fans again in our building. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 Polaris’s latest model, the 2022 General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition, is an off-roader designed to bring even more performance and fun your next camping trip. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 And fun their date was, according to Allison and Reid. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 The course offers a playful way to see most corners of the preserve, is an inexpensive activity to try and fun for all ages. Patrick Connolly,, 11 June 2021 That thought exercise leads to fun results—at first. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 10 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Running a business, especially a rapidly growing business, is fun, but also exceptionally difficult. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2022 These are also fun to share with friends and family. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 The Howard County Historical Society has done a great job creating a museum where learning is fun. Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 Yes, scoring is generally low, but when played at the highest levels, even a low-scoring game is fun to watch. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 6 May 2022 These dinners are fun; people bring their kids, who play with ours while the adults usually chat and laugh around the table. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 There’s been lots of talk recently about Raimi returning to Spider-Man, which might be fun. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 Paschal, who has been riding a bike for a few years now, said that the dirt trails are fun. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 2 May 2022 This special package at The Grand Hotel, a National Historic Landmark on Mackinac Island in Michigan, is fun for the whole family. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 1 May 2022 See More

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.

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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16 May 2022

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“Fun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fun


\ 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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