[ stan ]

  1. an overly enthusiastic fan, especially of a celebrity.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be an overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something: He's my fave rapper but I don't stan for him.

Origin of stan

First recorded in 2005–10; blend of stalk(er) + fan2, influenced by the rapper Eminem's 2000 song “Stan”

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Other definitions for Stan (2 of 3)

[ stan ]

  1. a male given name, form of Stanley.

Other definitions for -stan (3 of 3)


Sometimes Disparaging.
  1. a combining form used humorously to form mock place names, as in Canuckistan, a nickname for Canada, or Nerdistan, any place dominated by high-tech industry and therefore supposedly populated by nerds: sometimes suggesting isolation, backwardness, or lack of freedom.

Origin of -stan

First recorded in 1955–60; from Persian -stân “place of (something), place abounding in (something),” akin to Sanskrit sthā́na “location, place”; see also stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stan in a sentence

  • stan's to reason,' says I, 'it's an old deserted house, an' he's goin' to git part of a night's rest there.

    Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
  • I hadn't time to think, for I had passed t' point, and t' chap couldn't stan' no more.

  • It's right ferninst where yer afther stan'in, up the stairs on the corner of Granefield Coort—over there, bedad.

    Duffels | Edward Eggleston
  • Miss Alice is ergwine ter stan twixt yu und de jedge, dats who.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • "I'm agwine to stan betwixt yu und de jedge, dats who," replied Clarissa consequentially.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington