verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
Origin of fan1
Origin of fan2
Synonyms for fan
noun, plural Fans, (especially collectively) Fan.
Related Words for fandevotee, lover, follower, admirer, supporter, buff, arouse, excite, rouse, leaf, blade, draft, propeller, vane, windmill, ventilator, adherent, freak, aficionado, votary
Examples from the Web for fan
Contemporary Examples of fan
Replying to a fan, she wrote, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
It is the most animated this Downton Abbey fan has ever seen Lady Grantham.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Ramos was a fervent Mets fan and he would often talk to the students about sports.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
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
December 20, 2014
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
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of fan
And Mrs. Oldaker, with a coy fillip of her fan, called him a naughty boy.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She colored slightly, and opened and shut her fan in a nervous way.In the Valley
Why, if Dick could only work his ears he could fan himself with it beautifully.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
He was too much for her, she saw, and the knowledge only served to fan her indignation and suspicions.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
She tapped Tom's shoulder with her fan and smiled, graciously corrective.The Gentleman From Indiana
- 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