verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
- famous last words,
- fan base,
- fan belt,
- fan club,
- fan dance,
- fan delta
Origin of fan1
Examples from the Web for fanner
Now of course Fanner Brown's boy knew that his father didn't mean that figures could speak right out.The Adventures of Bob White|Thornton W. Burgess
He had not done anything to show that he was a fanner of rebellion.Pabo, The Priest|Sabine Baring-Gould
His eyes were shut, and he didn't; hear what Fanner Brown's boy said.The Adventures of Old Man Coyote|Thornton W. Burgess
The fanner's chief work is, however, to prevent any labourer becoming too hot.
When a labourer is very warm, he sits down before the fanner, who soon restores him to coolness.
- 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