verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
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Idioms for fan
Origin of fan1
OTHER WORDS FROM fanfanlike, adjectivefanner, nounun·fanned, adjective
Definition for fan (2 of 3)
Origin of fan2
Definition for fan (3 of 3)
noun, plural Fans, (especially collectively) Fan.
Example sentences from the Web for fan
While there’s still no Supernatural spinoff series currently on air or in the works, fans who’ve stuck with the show for 15 seasons undoubtedly still want more.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
The biggest change is definitely the omission of a fan in the MacBook Air.iFixit teardown of M1 MacBooks gives us our first glimpse at the M1 up close|Samuel Axon|November 20, 2020|Ars Technica
Parnassus’s Keith is a fan of Burlington Stores, the third-largest off-price retailer in the country after Ross Stores and TJX.
During the pandemic, ARMY has also been a lifesaver for fans.For fans of BTS, the only thing better than the group is each other|Marian Liu|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
She is as big a fan of baseball as I am of motor racing, and her beloved Washington Nationals were being celebrated for having won the World Series, after all.A luxury crossover with a mainstream price? The 2021 Toyota Venza|Jonathan M. Gitlin|November 19, 2020|Ars Technica
THE RESCUE, 1964 Teams of commandos fanned out over Stanleyville.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Rove, you make these claims purely as conjecture without any facts, fanned by the emotions of your partisanship.Karl Rove’s Awful, and Afactual, Remarks About Hillary Clinton’s Health|Sally Kohn|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We sat opposite the Christmas tree, fourteen or so kids fanned around us.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Conservatives fanned out to claim that the bill was a big nothingburger.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?|Kirsten Powers|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some founded a synagogue in Recife, Brazil (now in ruins), then fanned out throughout the Caribbean.
And the countess-dowager fanned herself complacently, and neither she nor Maude cared for the absence of a groomsman.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Gradually, however, the spark grew to a burning mass, which created the draught of air that fanned it.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
A light breeze fanned his face, and all around him he could see mountain peaks pushing upward into the clear blue sky.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
No sooner had I felt within, the heatOf love's first flame, than with it flew awayThe gentle breeze, that fanned it into life.The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi|Giacomo Leopardi
With difficulty his almost imperceptible spark of life had been screened and fanned into a dim and flickering flame.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
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
Derived forms of fanfanlike, adjectivefanner, noun
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