fun

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noun

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
3
a
: 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

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verb

funned; funning

intransitive verb

: to indulge in banter or play : joke

fun

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adjective

sometimes funner; sometimes funnest
1
: providing entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment
a fun party
a fun person to be with
2
: full of fun : pleasant
have a fun time

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for fun

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Making the show wasn’t as much fun anymore, either. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 In addition to being fun to play with, cats also like to sample the water. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, 21 Nov. 2022 There is also very much fun in finding who this person is, and kind of shaping it in a way that might be against some people’s expectations. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2022 Still, the movie's appetite for destruction is too much fun to refuse: a giddy little amuse bouche for the apocalypse to come. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 Nov. 2022 Secrets are revealed, truths told and finding out who gets killed is as much a part of the movie’s fun as finding out the killer. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 The narrative design is also a huge part of why the game is so much fun. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2022 Will that be as much fun for viewers in a political setting? John Jurgensen, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2022 For the kid-at-heart tech-lover in your life, few toys are as much fun as an electric scooter. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 12 Nov. 2022
Verb
The Etsy shop sells curated plant sets that will get beginners acquainted with gardening or introduce advanced gardeners to fun new plant options. Jacorey Moon, Good Housekeeping, 15 Nov. 2022 That aspect has been great to see and fun to work with as well. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 30 June 2022 From festive baskets to fun collectable toys, Easter gifts require a lot of details and there is no better way to get everything together than some online shopping. Victoria Priola, oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 That doesn’t even include the cost of fuel to actually fun the facilities. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2022 McEnroe was embarrassing some of the time, but really fun some of the time, too. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Going to fun to be around our fans again in our building. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 Polaris’s latest model, the 2022 General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition, is an off-roader designed to bring even more performance and fun your next camping trip. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 And fun their date was, according to Allison and Reid. Washington Post, 8 July 2021
Adjective
Rebecca is personable, interesting, authentic, and has an easy and fun sense of humor. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Rebecca is personable, interesting, authentic, and has an easy and fun sense of humor. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 Rebecca is personable, interesting, authentic, and has an easy and fun sense of humor. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2022 Rebecca is personable, interesting, authentic, and has an easy and fun sense of humor. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 Rebecca is personable, interesting, authentic, and has an easy and fun sense of humor. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 Rebecca is personable, interesting, authentic, and has an easy and fun sense of humor. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 The unique and fun design of these dish towels are guaranteed to brighten any foodie’s day (and their kitchen). Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 This show is really about the connection between you and Christina Applegate, and it’s so fun to watch you two together on screen. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

English dialect fun to hoax, perhaps alteration of Middle English fonnen, from fonne dupe

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of fun was in 1726

Dictionary Entries Near fun

Cite this Entry

“Fun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fun. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

fun 1 of 3

noun

1
: someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment
the twins were fun to have around
picnics are great fun
2
: a good time : amusement, enjoyment
have fun
plays cards just for fun
3
: words or actions that make someone or something an object of unkind laughter
kids making fun of me

fun

2 of 3

verb

funned; funning
: to engage in joking or play
I was only funning

fun

3 of 3

adjective

1
: providing fun
a fun party
a fun person
2
: full of fun : pleasant sense 1
have a fun time

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