verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
Origin of fan1
Definition for fan (2 of 3)
Origin of fan2
Definition for fan (3 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for fan (1 of 2)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for fan (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fan
Idioms and Phrases with fan
In addition to the idiom beginning with fan
- fan the flames
- shit will hit the fan