verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
Origin of fan1
Examples from the Web for fanned
Contemporary Examples of fanned
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
May 13, 2014
Some founded a synagogue in Recife, Brazil (now in ruins), then fanned out throughout the Caribbean.Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past
Debra A. Klein
December 1, 2013
Pictures of her weeping during the marriage ceremony, and an awkward-lloking kiss, fanned the flames of the fire.Princess Charlene of Monaco: I Was Not A Runaway Royal Bride
July 14, 2013
We might never know how Mitchell fanned two icons of the game, or if she did it under false pretenses.The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig
May 18, 2013
The investigation, which involves local, state, and federal authorities, has fanned out from Las Vegas and Mexico.The Rogue Cop Who Could Get Away
February 12, 2013
Historical Examples of fanned
Protection grew fierce, and fanned the burning sense of wrong.Weighed and Wanting
Tillie, at Mrs. McKee's, stood in the doorway and fanned herself with her apron.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Weary Willie stood up in his stirrups and fanned Glory with his hat.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
An' then she set down in a chair, an' fanned herself with a newspaper.Meadow Grass
It was all the nonsense contained in these stories that fanned Guillaume's irritation.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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