Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[fuhn] /fʌn/
something that provides mirth or amusement:
A picnic would be fun.
enjoyment or playfulness:
She's full of fun.
verb (used with or without 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for fun
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • Anyway, he said, Jim had already sure-enough drowned as fur as there was any fun in it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The fun and the excitement of the game are more than the game.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • There's more where it came from, and no end of fun going after it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • And that's why I'm outlastin' a lot of the boys and still gettin' my fun out of the game.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
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.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with fun


In addition to the idiom beginning with
also see under:
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for fun

Difficulty index for fun

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fun

Scrabble Words With Friends