\ 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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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 Not only that, being in space is fun, says Hoffman. Francesca Street, CNN, "The past, present and future of space tourism," 30 Apr. 2021 Cincinnati took the No. 1 spot overall and ranked seventh for affordability and tied at third for fun, according to Smart Asset. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati, Columbus named best cities for new college graduates, new study says," 30 Apr. 2021 That commitment to the fun-loving cause earned him respect from his forebears. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "DMX, Shock G, and the Plight of the Middle-Aged Rapper," 27 Apr. 2021 The decor is fun — neon signs, a glass-block counter and general sock-hop vibe. Los Angeles Times, "Demi Lovato-Bigg Chill feud gives us an excuse to celebrate L.A.’s punniest fro-yo shops," 27 Apr. 2021 His children said their father was fun-loving, warm and loved his family. oregonlive, "Family of man fatally shot by Portland police last week calls for special prosecutor," 24 Apr. 2021 Recently a lot of shows have found new, workable formats that are Covid-safe and more fun than wondering why people who presumably make huge salaries have unstable internet connections. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Embrace the Oscars as Yet Another Covid-Era Awards Show," 23 Apr. 2021 On the flip side, put some things on there just for fun! Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "Our Top Wedding Registry Picks from Amazon," 22 Apr. 2021 Beyond merely being fun to say, hoodoos are natural rock formations in the shape of thin spires, inspiring their more charming nickname, fairy chimneys. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, "Witchcraft, And The Other Top-Rated Things To Do In America’s 10 Most Popular National Parks," 21 Apr. 2021 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 Symphony Storytime provides a way to reach children in a creative and fun way. oregonlive, "Oregon Symphony spins up digital content on Studio125," 3 May 2021 Kwity Paye moves like an open-field ballcarrier sometimes in the trenches, which may or may not work at the NFL level but are fun to look at on film. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "What NFL Draft experts are saying about the Indianapolis Colts 2021 draft picks," 2 May 2021 Writing the scripts and whipping them into shape, even though there’s not a lot of time for each step, is actually quite fun. Mike Sacks, The New Yorker, "John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”," 2 May 2021 Maxi Shield Maxi Shield, the tradie — not trade, tradie, referring to like, builders, plumbers, and the like — of the season, is immediately charming and pretty fun. Shaad D'souza, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Series-Premiere Recap: Hey, Koala Girl!," 1 May 2021 That's why his upcoming performance at SHEIN Together-Fest on Sunday (May 2) will have no shortage of the Aoki's wild and fun antics. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Steve Aoki Says His Virtual SHEIN Together-Fest Performance Will Still Have a Cake," 30 Apr. 2021 Regular reading, cooking during meal times or field trips to the library or park can both help a child build learning into their routine as well as keep different activities fresh and fun. Ruth Serven Smith |, al, "7 things Alabama families can do this summer to keep children on track in school," 30 Apr. 2021 Succulents are fun to collect because of how unique each one is. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Living Rocks Are the Cutest Succulents You Need to Add to Your Collection," 29 Apr. 2021 For more fun videos with your favorite celebrities, make sure to check out and subscribe to our Youtube channel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Younger' Star Sutton Foster Reveals THE Most Shocking Answer About Charles and Josh," 29 Apr. 2021

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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4 May 2021

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“Fun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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