fun house


: a building in an amusement park that contains various devices designed to startle or amuse

Examples of fun house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Almodóvar’s gaze is more like a series of fun house mirrors here, passing through classic dime-store-novel narrative, the macho-man canon of midcentury Technicolor westerns and the winky camp of queering it all in circa-2023 couture. Leah Greenblatt, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 On the midway, children rode fan favorites Pharaoh’s Fury bumper cars, wended their way through the fun house and played games for prizes and in between. Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2023 In all this, Klein writes, there’s a new doubling going on—weird fun house distortions of what used to be more straightforward realities. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Beyond the immense pain, my environment became a fun house, the simplest tasks distorted. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, 31 Aug. 2023 Family-friendly attractions abound, from old-school carnival games like ring toss and whack-a-mole to a fun house with mirror mazes and glowing lights. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 28 July 2023 The show’s biggest issues are fun house distortions of the most toxic aspects of traditional American relationship ideals. Brittany Luse, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 May 2021 In the fun house that is Russia, these public exchanges created a brief illusion of choice—an inkling of politics. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 15 June 2023 It’s also widely accepted that the first of these spectacles was an immersive Van Gogh show that debuted in Paris in 2019, and that historical precedents include panoramas, world’s fairs, carnival fun houses, biennials and large-scale multimedia installation art. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 2 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fun house was in 1920

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“Fun house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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