\ 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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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 Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wants his young players to play loose and have fun on the court. Jeff Mcdonald,, "DeMar DeRozan wills San Antonio Spurs to OT victory," 9 Jan. 2021 Abigail is easygoing, laid-back, always down to have fun and ready to find the man of her of her dreams. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 1, Season 25 online without cable," 4 Jan. 2021 Both sports help children learn to pull together as a team, work on coordination, fitness and most of all, make new friends and have fun. Staff Report,, "Community theater in St. Tammany fighting to entertain despite pandemic," 3 Jan. 2021 Whatever the reason, this was the year that a large chunk of the celebrity zeitgeist, Jewish and non-, had fun marking Hanukkah. Gabe Friedman,, "Heartwarming Jewish stories from 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 So have fun bending your brain around that one for a while. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "From Rapping Robots to Glowing Frogs: Our Favorite Fun Stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 But since the gala, like so much else, was forced to go remote, the Philharmonic had some fun with the format, filming its current players performing to historical footage of Bernstein wielding his baton. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "With No Tickets to Sell, Arts Groups Appeal to Donors to Survive," 28 Dec. 2020 Stefanie Groner is determined to have as much fun without leaving the house as possible. Stefanie Groner, Glamour, "17 At Home Date Ideas to Get You Out of Your Netflix Rut," 24 Dec. 2020 The album is built on the idea of modern witches, at the center of which are women who exercise the same agency and power of the song’s namesake, and GFRIEND have fun while doing it. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2020: Staff List," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That thought exercise leads to fun results—at first. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Hollywood Overindulges Ryan Murphy’s Wishful Thinking," 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,, "Pinterest Surges After User Numbers Top Analysts’ Estimates," 10 May 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Late last year, Sony introduced haptic feedback to its PlayStation 5 controller, which was one of the most interesting and fun features of the new console. Popular Science, "Razer’s concept gaming chair wraps players in a huge, curved screen," 12 Jan. 2021 Who would have guessed that a spin-off of the Transformers franchise would be a charming and fun action movie for the entire family? Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now," 9 Jan. 2021 Two years later, the team that made Alabama’s offense look fun for a change took a more decisive beating from the same Clemson program in Northern California. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The legacy that could await Alabama on Monday night," 9 Jan. 2021 Here, a roundup of mostly-free, fun apps to play with friends while in quarantine. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, "15 Apps to Play With Friends That Aren't Lame," 6 Jan. 2021 Kicking off the year with a bit of nostalgia and bringing back a fun hairstyle is Rihanna. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Rihanna And Keke Palmer Bring Back This Retro Hairstyle," 5 Jan. 2021 To see any sort of relationship with multiple layer, and a lot of history is always really a fun challenge to play especially having to think about why Sabrina would be resistant in this moment. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Stars Kiernan Shipka and Gavin Leatherwood on Nabrina Being Endgame," 31 Dec. 2020 Some of the younger crew members crowded together just off the property and fired up perfectly legal blunts or puffed on fun-time vapes. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020 Her Creative Artists Agency biography also reportedly stated that she was born in Mallorca, Spain (that fun fact has since been removed). Ineye Komonibo,, "Hilaria Baldwin Doubles Down On Murky, Self-Proclaimed “Spanish” Identity In New Interview," 30 Dec. 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

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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