Synonyms & Antonyms of fun

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1 someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment
  • theme parks with their rides, shows, and games are great fun for the whole family

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2 an attitude or manner not to be taken seriously
  • when I said that playing the piano like that could get you arrested, I only said it in fun

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4 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • the fun really began when the deer broke out of its pen and started wandering down the street

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Synonyms & Antonyms of fun (Entry 2 of 3)



Synonyms of fun (Entry 3 of 3)

to make jokes
  • just a couple of old friends funning with each other

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How does the noun fun differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of fun are game, jest, play, and sport. While all these words 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

How do game and sport relate to one another, in the sense of fun?

Game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun.

made game of their poor relations

When can jest be used instead of fun?

The words jest and fun can be used in similar contexts, but jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing.

hurt by remarks said only in jest

When might play be a better fit than fun?

In some situations, the words play and fun are roughly equivalent. However, play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief.

pretended to strangle his brother in play

In what contexts can sport take the place of fun?

The synonyms sport and fun are sometimes interchangeable, but sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone.

teasing begun in sport led to anger

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fun and games

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“Fun.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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