verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
Origin of fan1
Related Words for fanningarouse, excite, rouse, ventilate, ruffle, aerate, winnow, refresh, spread, wind, cool, air-condition, air-cool, extend, agitate, increase, enkindle, stimulate, expand, impassion
Examples from the Web for fanning
Contemporary Examples of fanning
Nobody wins, but the professional partisans get to pocket cash by fanning the flames.The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop
July 28, 2014
The actors stayed in the same motel, and Eisenberg and Fanning drove to work each day.
Fanning, ever the old soul, returned the gestures by knitting the veteran actors scarves.
Tanaka then settled into a groove, pitching shut-out ball for the next five innings, fanning eight as the Yankees won 7-3.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
Tea Party–based political operatives are fanning out across the country in anticipation of 2014.The Tea Party Isn’t Dead Yet
July 29, 2013
Historical Examples of fanning
Levi had taken off his coat and waistcoat and was fanning himself with his hat.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Women were fanning themselves and men were mopping their foreheads.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Drake was bare-headed and fanning himself with his crush hat.The Christian
In the passage outside they met Mrs. Fanning, who seemed to be waiting for them.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
"Perhaps,—at least partly," said she, fanning herself and concealing her face.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- 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