\ ˈfən How to pronounce fun (audio) \

Essential Meaning of fun

1 : someone or something that is amusing or enjoyable : an enjoyable experience or person The game was a lot of fun. [=the game was very enjoyable] She's fun to be with. = It's fun to be with her. = It's fun being with her. [=her company is enjoyable] Picnics are great fun [=are very enjoyable] in good weather.
2 : an enjoyable or amusing time We had fun at the movie. [=we enjoyed ourselves at the movie; we enjoyed the movie] I can't remember when I've had so much fun. See More Examplesa vacation filled with fun = a fun-filled vacation a fun-loving couple [=a couple who love to have fun]Hide
3 : the feeling of being amused or entertained He plays cards just for fun. = He plays cards just for the fun of it. Sickness takes all the fun out of life.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Katy Perry's new venture is all about having fun — and feeling good at the same time. Nicholas Rice,, 10 Jan. 2022 Simons said the goal was to have fun and play with a lot of energy. oregonlive, 9 Jan. 2022 Having fun and enjoying yourself might be tempting today. Tarot Astrologers,, 8 Jan. 2022 But most of all, just giving it your all to have fun. Adam Himmelsbach,, 5 Jan. 2022 As the artist had fun with the jokes, omicron has once again affected the entertainment industry. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 It’s all about safely pushing yourself and having fun for the duration of the routine! Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 30 Dec. 2021 Our brand is inspired by not taking yourself too seriously and having fun. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Looking great and having fun—isn’t that what fashion is all about? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 25 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In the last two weeks, Pinterest has seen record levels of engagement in terms of search, saving and board creation activity, as users look for ideas on everything from building a home office to fun activities to do with their kids (very necessary). Kurt Wagner,, 10 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Beyond his statistical accomplishments, Marchand at the All-Star Game would be fun! Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 At Melbourne Park on Friday, where Mr. Djokovic had been scheduled to practice after being named the No. 1 seed, fans seemed resigned to the loss of a player who was fun to watch and hard to admire. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Vacations are supposed to be fun and are often expensive, so feelings of disappointment after your return can be especially acute. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Doing taxes is never really fun, but saving a bit more money along the way on tax prep can ease some of the pain. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2022 Vacations can be fun — naturally — but also fraught with fights, hurt feelings and betrayal. Oline H. Cogdill,, 11 Jan. 2022 Out in the world, being recognized could be fun — though not always. L. Wayne Hicks,, 6 Jan. 2022 Jones went on to praise Murray, saying it's been fun to watch the quarterback grow in his three seasons in the NFL. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 5 Jan. 2022 Sure, making more money is always fun, but the monetary number alone isn’t motivating in the long-term. Angie Wisdom, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022

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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“Fun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 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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