verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
- famous last words,
- fan base,
- fan belt,
- fan club,
- fan dance,
- fan delta
Origin of fan1
Origin of fan2
noun, plural Fans, (especially collectively) Fan.
Examples from the Web for fan
Replying to a fan, she wrote, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”
It is the most animated this Downton Abbey fan has ever seen Lady Grantham.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ramos was a fervent Mets fan and he would often talk to the students about sports.
Or maybe the bespectacled ex-“Dear Leader” was just a really big South Park fan.Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment|Aurora Snow|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The announcement that this movie was happening was an interesting experience for a Whitney Houston fan.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fan looked at her and shrunk away as she approached, and then turned her eyes, dilating again with fear, towards the door.Fan|W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
The man that marries my Fan has got to have sabe enough to round up a flock of goats—and wit enough to get up in the morning.They of the High Trails|Hamlin Garland
It needed but a breath to fan the flame to a terrible conflagration.Sustained honor|John R. Musick,
She too holds a fan, and wears a gown of rich brocade with bodice and sleeves thickly sown with pearls.Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590|Julia Cartwright
Without a smile, she took the fan, and they heard some slight sound.Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains|Amy Brooks
- any device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or number of surfaces, esp a rotating device consisting of a number of blades attached to a central hub
- a machine that rotates such a device
- a kind of basket formerly used for winnowing grain
- a machine equipped with a fan for winnowing or cleaning grain
verb fans, fanning or fanned (mainly tr)
- to fire (an automatic gun) continuously by keeping the trigger depressed
- to fire (a nonautomatic gun) several times by repeatedly chopping back the hammer with the palm
Word Origin for fan
Word Origin for fan
device to make an air current, Old English fann (West Saxon) "a basket or shovel for winnowing grain" (by tossing it in the air), from Latin vannus, related to ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)).
The chaff, being lighter, would blow off. Sense of "device for moving air" first recorded late 14c.; the hand-held version is first attested 1550s. A fan-light (1819) was shaped like a lady's fan.
"devotee," 1889, American English, originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing); see fancy. There is an isolated use from 1682, but the modern word is likely a late 19c. formation. Fan club attested by 1930.
late Old English fannian "to winnow grain," from the noun (see fan (n.1)). Meaning "to stir up air" is from early 15c. Related: Fanned; fanning. To fan out "spread out like a hand-held fan," is from 1590s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fan
- fan the flames
- shit will hit the fan