But the Captain was now too deeply interested in a hot discussion with Barbican to notice that the Frenchman was only funning him.
“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.
By way of demonstrating that it was loaded, and that he was not funning, Mr. Red fired a shot.
Now, I was sure Richard was funning me when he told me I was nice.
He says they kill men and eat them alive, but I guess he's funning.
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.
Queen: Tell him you have changed your mind, that you were but funning; that you will wed with him yet.
They are making merry and funning, thinking there might be messages for them or presents.
I then sees he is not funning but is making me a straight business proposition.
"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.