make fun of


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 pertaining 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.

1675–85; dialectal variant of obsolete fon to befool. See fond1

1, 2. merriment, pleasure, play, gaiety. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
fun (fʌn)
1.  a source of enjoyment, amusement, diversion, etc
2.  pleasure, gaiety, or merriment
3.  jest or sport (esp in the phrases in or for fun)
4.  facetious, ironic fun and games amusement; frivolous activity
5.  informal like fun
 a.  (adverb) quickly; vigorously
 b.  (interjection) not at all! certainly not!
6.  make fun of, poke fun at to ridicule or deride
7.  (modifier) full of amusement, diversion, gaiety, etc: a fun sport
vb , funs, funning, funned
8.  informal (intr) to act in a joking or sporting manner
[C17: perhaps from obsolete fon to make a fool of; see fond1]

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Word Origin & History

1680s, v., "to cheat, hoax," probably a variant of M.E. fon "befool" (c.1400), later "trick, hoax, practical joke," of uncertain origin. Stigmatized by Johnson as "a low cant word." Older sense is preserved in phrase to make fun of and funny money "counterfeit bills" (1938, though this may be more for
the sake of the rhyme); sense of "amusement" is 1727. See also funny.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

make fun of

Also, poke fun at; make sport of. Mock, ridicule, as in The girls made fun of Mary's shoes, or They poked fun at Willie's haircut, or I wish you wouldn't make sport of the new boy. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the mid-1800s, and the third from the early 1500s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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