fun

noun
\ 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.

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

Internet users were ready to jump on the opportunity to make fun of Li, as many have long harbored dissatisfaction over the company. Jane Li, Quartz, "After he was doused with water, Baidu’s CEO is the butt of China’s internet jokes," 4 July 2019 With her bold choices, Dion has established herself as a true risk-taker who clearly enjoys and has fun with fashion -- something that's increasingly hard to come by as trends skew toward the minimal and cynical. Marianna Cerini, CNN Style, "How Celine Dion became the queen of couture week," 4 July 2019 After West's announcement, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made fun of Sessions and Republicans. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Allen West exploring campaign for Texas GOP chairman, opts against challenging Colin Allred for Congress," 3 July 2019 ProPublica posted screenshots and quotes from the page showing members making fun of the deaths of migrants — cases that have drawn intense scrutiny and criticism for the agency. CBS News, ""Inexcusable" Border Patrol social media faces Homeland Security investigation," 3 July 2019 Pehr: This stylish children’s brand is offering 25 percent off everything with a pom pom on it (fun!) from 7/4 through 7/7. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the best 4th of July sales to shop this week," 3 July 2019 Inkey's formula also contains nourishing squalane, which will add hydrating properties and a bit of fun textural bounce. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Inkey List Is Launching New Skin-Care Products at Sephora — and They're All Under $12," 2 July 2019 The vibe at the tasting room is fun, bachelorette party-friendly and gift shoppy. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Your ultimate Palisade wine tour: How to bike to 7 wineries in one day," 2 July 2019 But that’s always a fun, stressful, but emotional and exciting challenge. Rachel King, Fortune, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Netflix, Social Media, and Opening a Restaurant," 30 June 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

Following the video, tour guide James Goodrich delved into the history of cacao — fun fact: An error in the spelling of cacao, where the a’s and o’s were switched, resulted in the common use of cocoa — as well as the process of producing chocolate. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "World Chocolate Day: Chocolate Museum & Cafe and Chocolate Kingdom offer tours," 7 July 2019 The Bay Days 5-mile run and kids fun run will be at 8:30 a.m. July 4 at Bay High School. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "River Days, Bay Days offer summertime fun: West Shore Chatter," 2 July 2019 Check out the lobby, which features movie-star photos, vintage lunchboxes and other fun touches. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 What once looked like a plain ol’ fun game with a dress-up option, has proven to be a somewhat demanding virtual task for ARMYs. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Virtual Rudeness in BTS World Is Making ARMYs Want to Quit Being Their Manager," 27 June 2019 If biking is supposed to be fun, gravel has a corner on the market. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019 There also will be fun activities for families with children, Testa said, noting TwistiCity’s Scott Ingerson returns with his balloon animals and creations and is joined by a giant bubble show. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Popular Ridge Art Fair & Festival to feature 42 exhibitors showcasing original works in Beverly," 16 June 2019 The atmosphere during the recent National Cancer Survivors Day 2019 at St. Catherine Hospital was uplifting, informative, inspiring and downright fun. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Cancer suvivors celebrate with testimonials, activities," 7 June 2019 Enjoy fun kids Songs that are great for the whole family. Ramona Sentinel, "Our Town Calendar of Events: June 6-12," 5 June 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

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, 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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The first known use of fun was in 1726

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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)

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

fun

adjective

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

informal : providing amusement : amusing or enjoyable

fun

noun
\ 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.

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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