spread out like an open fan: to hold cards fanwise.

Nearby words

  1. fantods,
  2. fantom,
  3. fantoosh,
  4. fanum fortunae,
  5. fanweed,
  6. fanwort,
  7. fany,
  8. fanzine,
  9. fao,
  10. fap

Origin of fanwise

First recorded in 1880–85; fan1 + -wise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fanwise

  • We lowered and spread out, fanwise, from the bark and made for the whales.

    Swept Out to Sea|W. Bertram Foster
  • The chain of the hills swung sharply away to the east, and the path broadened, fanwise, east and west.

    Polaris of the Snows|Charles B. Stilson
  • He drew a dilapidated pack of cards from his pocket and spread them fanwise.

    The Land of Strong Men|Arthur M. Chisholm