[ fan ]
/ fæn /


verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.

verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.

Nearby words

  1. famotidine,
  2. famous,
  3. famous last words,
  4. famously,
  5. famulus,
  6. fan base,
  7. fan belt,
  8. fan club,
  9. fan dance,
  10. fan delta


    hit the fan, Slang. to become suddenly more awkward, embarrassing, or troublesome: When news of the incident was leaked to the press, everything hit the fan at once.

Origin of fan

before 900; Middle English, Old English fann < Latin vannus winnowing basket

Related formsfan·like, adjectivefan·ner, nounun·fanned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fanner


/ (fæn) /


verb fans, fanning or fanned (mainly tr)

Derived Formsfanlike, adjectivefanner, noun

Word Origin for fan

Old English fann, from Latin vannus


/ (fæn) /


an ardent admirer of a pop star, film actor, football team, etc
a devotee of a sport, hobby, etc

Word Origin for fan

C17, re-formed C19: from fan (atic)

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Word Origin and History for fanner
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fanner


In addition to the idiom beginning with fan

  • fan the flames

also see:

  • shit will hit the fan
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