fan

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[ fan ]
/ fæn /

noun

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

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

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Idioms for 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.

Origin of fan

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

OTHER WORDS FROM fan

fan·like, adjectivefan·ner, nounun·fanned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fanning (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 fanning (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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Idioms and Phrases with fanning

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