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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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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?


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 This fun and relaxing method is easy for any skill level., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 Some time later, a few students at Anna-Jonesboro High made an Instagram account and anonymously made fun of classmates by posting photos of them along with derogatory captions, Smith said. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, "Revisiting an American Town Where Black People Weren’t Welcome After Dark," 7 Nov. 2019 The Jabba stuff is much more fun than anything in the back half, but there’s a nastiness to the Act One material that goes way beyond anything in Empire. Darren Franich,, "Return of the Jedi," 6 Nov. 2019 The important point is that this is mock rudeness, often directed at well-known figures, with the obvious intent of poking fun. Amy Irwin, Quartz at Work, "How to use rudeness in the workplace to your advantage," 6 Nov. 2019 For now, Wandi’s busy having fun with his new dingo friends at the sanctuary and becoming a star on social media. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "Lost Puppy Found in Australia Is Actually Rare Dingo, DNA Test Shows," 5 Nov. 2019 Two reasons are rarely mentioned: that, for all its legal and physical dangers, protest can be more exciting and even more fun than the drudgery of daily life; and that when everybody else is doing it, solidarity becomes the fashion. The Economist, "Why are so many countries witnessing mass protests?," 4 Nov. 2019 And nothing is more fun than winning, which is what Regis has been doing since its Week 1 upset of Pomona set the tone for the season. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 10: Perfection in 5A, Ralston Valley’s shutdown defense and Aidan Atkinson goes ham… again," 2 Nov. 2019 French wines, beers and ciders are available, but the fun is with cocktails mixed and served tableside from a rolling bar cart and each with its particular ice. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 Bags have long been one of the most fun fashion items to shop for—not just because there's always a need for them, but also because there are so many unique options. Glamour, "The Best Handbag Brands to Know (and Shop) in 2019," 6 Nov. 2019 That’s the thing that’s sort of tricky – how much of it is fun mixed in with work and seriousness? Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Lake Oswego’s Steve Coury named All-American Bowl head coach; Parkrose’s Keanon Lowe named assistant coach," 5 Nov. 2019 Rather than fun personal transportation, this model’s suggested use is purely practical perfect for anyone who needs mobile energy, like tradespeople with power tools. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "This Swedish Electric Moped Is Also a Mobile Generator," 5 Nov. 2019 While Norton’s goal was evidently to deliver a period epic that marries fun genre material with something historical and weighty, the final product fails on all counts. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Motherless Brooklyn Is a Passion Project Without Heart," 31 Oct. 2019 Still, costume contact lenses can be a safe, fun way to spice up your Halloween ensemble. Phillip Yuhas, The Conversation, "The scariest part of Halloween may be costume contact lenses, an eye doctor says," 28 Oct. 2019 Most of all, they were supposed to be fun—to open up a space of play and freedom. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley," 27 Sep. 2019 Marvel Dimension of Heroes gameplay: Repetitive, but fun The game itself is pretty fun. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with Marvel Dimension of Heroes: Fun, frantic though repetitive AR gameplay," 27 Sep. 2019 As if that's not already fun enough, this holiday train is guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone, with a visit from Santa, festive live holiday music, and more. Marlisse Cepeda, Country Living, "7 Christmas Train Rides That Will Make Your Holidays Merrier," 10 Sep. 2019

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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Statistics for fun

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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for fun

The first known use of fun was in 1726

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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