verb (used with or without object), funned, fun·ning,
adjective, fun·ner, fun·nest.
Origin of fun
Synonyms for fun
- (adverb)quickly; vigorously
- (interjection)not at all! certainly not!
verb funs, funning or funned
Word Origin for fun
"diversion, amusement," 1727, earlier "a cheat, trick" (c.1700), from verb fun (1680s) "to cheat, hoax," of uncertain origin, probably a variant of Middle English fonnen "befool" (c.1400; see fond).
Stigmatized by Johnson as "a low cant word." Older sense is preserved in phrase to make fun of (1737) and funny money "counterfeit bills" (1938, though this may be more for the sake of the rhyme). See also funny.
Also, in fun. As a joke, not seriously. For example, For fun the children told the teacher it was a holiday, or Their teasing was just in fun. [Mid-1800s]
for the fun of it; for kicks. For pleasure or excitement. For example, He played basketball for the fun of it, or They drove around for hours, just for kicks. Also see for the hell of it.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fun
- fun and games
- funny bone
- funny business
- funny money
- for fun
- like fun
- make fun of
- more fun than a barrel of monkeys
Also see underfunny.