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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 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
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  • But the Captain was now too deeply interested in a hot discussion with Barbican to notice that the Frenchman was only funning him.

    All Around the Moon Jules Verne
  • “Well, we'll call it hatched,” said the papa; but they knew he was just funning.

  • Some one was funning Old Wittalls for having eaten seven large cabbages at Mr. T——'s bee, a few days previous.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • By way of demonstrating that it was loaded, and that he was not funning, Mr. Red fired a shot.

    The Search Party G. A. Birmingham
  • Now, I was sure Richard was funning me when he told me I was nice.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • He says they kill men and eat them alive, but I guess he's funning.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • I know well its only funning you are and that its not loaded; but Id be obliged to you if youd point it the other way.

    The Search Party G. A. Birmingham
  • Queen: Tell him you have changed your mind, that you were but funning; that you will wed with him yet.

    Three Wonder Plays Lady I. A. Gregory
  • They are making merry and funning, thinking there might be messages for them or presents.

    Three Wonder Plays Lady I. A. Gregory
  • I then sees he is not funning but is making me a straight business proposition.

    J. Poindexter, Colored Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for funning


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 funning



"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 funning



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.
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Idioms and Phrases with funning


In addition to the idiom beginning with
also see under:
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