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[fuhn] /fʌn/
something that provides mirth or amusement:
A picnic would be fun.
enjoyment or playfulness:
She's full of fun.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), funned, funning
Informal. joke; kid.
adjective, funner, funnest.
Informal. of or relating to fun, especially to social fun:
a fun thing to do; really a fun person; the funnest game.
Informal. whimsical; flamboyant:
The fashions this year are definitely on the fun side.
for / in fun, as a joke; not seriously; playfully:
His insults were only in fun.
like fun, Informal. certainly not; of doubtful truth:
He told us that he finished the exam in an hour. Like fun he did!
make fun of, to make the object of ridicule; deride:
The youngsters made fun of their teacher.
Origin of fun
1675-85; dialectal variant of obsolete fon to befool. See fond1
1, 2. merriment, pleasure, play, gaiety. Unabridged
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  • I don't know as there's a thing we can have fun out of, but if there isn't, we'll invent something.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • So while you were having your fun there I was having mine here, and I had it good and plenty.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • While the confab was going on, the dogs were having their own fun.

    Among the Esquimaux Edward S. Ellis
  • There's more where it came from, and no end of fun going after it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I didn't see the fun of it myself, and his mirth irritated me.

    Olympian Nights John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for fun


a source of enjoyment, amusement, diversion, etc
pleasure, gaiety, or merriment
jest or sport (esp in the phrases in or for fun)
(facetious, ironic) fun and games, amusement; frivolous activity
(informal) like fun
  1. (adverb) quickly; vigorously
  2. (interjection) not at all! certainly not!
make fun of, poke fun at, to ridicule or deride
(modifier) full of amusement, diversion, gaiety, etc: a fun sport
verb funs, funning, funned
(intransitive) (informal) to act in a joking or sporting manner
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from obsolete fon to make a fool of; see fond1
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Word Origin and History for fun

"diversion, amusement," 1727, earlier "a cheat, trick" (c.1700), from verb fun (1680s) "to cheat, hoax," of uncertain origin, probably a variant of Middle English fonnen "befool" (c.1400; see fond).

Stigmatized by Johnson as "a low cant word." Older sense is preserved in phrase to make fun of (1737) and funny money "counterfeit bills" (1938, though this may be more for the sake of the rhyme). See also funny.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fun



With which, with whom, in which, etc, one can have fun: Mickey and his chums introduce each other as ''a real fun guy'' (1950s+)

Related Terms

like hell, poke fun

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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fun in Technology

A typed lambda-calculus, similar to SOL[2]. "On Understanding Types, Data Abstractions and Polymorphism", L. Cardelli et al, ACM Comp Surveys 17(4) (Dec 1985).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms and Phrases with fun


In addition to the idiom beginning with
also see under:
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