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fan

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[ fan ]
/ fæn /
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noun
verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
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Idioms about fan

    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.See also shit (def. 26).

Origin of fan

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First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English fann, from Latin vannus “winnowing basket”

OTHER WORDS FROM fan

fanlike, adjectivefanner, nounun·fanned, adjective

Other definitions for fan (2 of 3)

fan2
[ fan ]
/ fæn /

noun
an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.

Origin of fan

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1885–90, Americanism; short for fanatic

Other definitions for fan (3 of 3)

Fan
[ fan, fahn ]
/ fæn, fɑn /

noun, plural Fans, (especially collectively) Fan.
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British Dictionary definitions for fan (1 of 2)

fan1
/ (fæn) /

noun
verb fans, fanning or fanned (mainly tr)

Derived forms of fan

fanlike, adjectivefanner, noun

Word Origin for fan

Old English fann, from Latin vannus

British Dictionary definitions for fan (2 of 2)

fan2
/ (fæn) /

noun
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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