fun

noun
\ ˈfən \

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.

fun

verb
funned; funning

Definition of fun (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to indulge in banter or play : joke

fun

adjective
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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Noun

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

Can something be funner or funnest?

Adjective

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.

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

That’s just part of the fun of the annual festival, which celebrates its 73rd anniversary this year. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Water fights, parade still going strong at 73rd annual Alpine Fest," 11 July 2018 Maybe playdates would be more fun for both children at your house. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Privileged parent doesn’t like braggy child," 12 July 2018 Lake Zurich Lions Club President Alison Rigsby said the water fights are fun to watch. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Water fights, parade still going strong at 73rd annual Alpine Fest," 11 July 2018 But for Tempest, the experience of taking a selfie is fun. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "How Instagram is inspiring Scottsdale art for a new generation," 10 July 2018 Yes, open cities are more creative, more satisfying and more fun. Shlomo Angel, WSJ, "‘Building and Dwelling’ Review: A Manifesto for the Open City," 6 July 2018 Of course, when work is over, there was fun to be had in 1943, too, like this dance party on Auburn Avenue. Shane Harrison, ajc, "Flashback to 1943: 75 years ago in Georgia," 5 July 2018 So many characters live in the Ant-Man corner of the universe by the end of this movie, and so many of them are fun to hang out with. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The folks behind Ant-Man and the Wasp on why Marvel doesn’t always have to save the world," 5 July 2018 These sorts of artificial dreamscapes have long fascinated pop culture, which often envisions that high-fidelity VR will be used for fun—and more sinister forms of diversion. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld’s Virtual Afterlife Might Not Be Fiction," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Wide-open acceleration might fun, but slowing down that speeding hunk of metal is much more important. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "10 Tire and Brake Problems All Drivers Need to Know," 23 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The more modern take on this classic seems like a fun way to celebrate his approaching birthday. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day with a modern take on this classic," 12 July 2018 Here's a fun way to make a splash and cool off at Camp Grier in Old Fort in the Asheville area. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "'We leave technology behind' at Camp Grier, and enjoy nature instead," 5 July 2018 But as Yahoo! Lifestyle reports, there's a far more fun way to avoid Big Brother's watchful eye: Juggalo makeup. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Insane Clown Privacy: Juggalo Makeup Apparently Thwarts Facial Recognition Technology," 3 July 2018 Slow Roll in Detroit This city staple is pretty familiar to most Detroiters but, for those who don't frequently visit the southeastern part of the state, this is a fun way to build community and give back. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's summer gems: 22 activities you must try," 27 June 2018 At the most basic level, this is a fun way to speed up the standard gameplay mechanic of passing ingredients and plates. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 world-premiere hands-on: Crazier levels, more speed, finally online," 12 June 2018 Here’s a fun way to work on your core strength, balance and coordination: Try walking along a slackline. Sarah Sekula, Fox News, "16 Father's Day gifts for the rad dad who loves the outdoors," 7 June 2018 At a whopping $600 for both the tool and the mask, the cost is a probs-never-going-to-happen roadblock for any normal, non-famous face looking for a fun way to get glowy. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "Madonna Just Released a Cheaper Version of Her $600 MDNA Magnetic Face Mask," 6 June 2018 Nancy was very close with her siblings, a happy, fun-loving quartet. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Nancy Turton," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of fun

Noun

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1802, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fun

Noun

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

Verb

see fun entry 1

Adjective

see fun entry 1

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More Definitions for fun

fun

noun

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

fun

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fun (Entry 2 of 3)

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

fun

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fun (Entry 3 of 3)

: providing amusement : amusing or enjoyable

fun

noun
\ ˈfən \

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.

fun

adjective

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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