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  1. something that provides mirth or amusement: A picnic would be fun.
  2. enjoyment or playfulness: She's full of fun.
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verb (used with or without object), funned, fun·ning,
  1. Informal. joke; kid.
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adjective, fun·ner, fun·nest.
  1. Informal. of or relating to fun, especially to social fun: a fun thing to do; really a fun person; the funnest game.
  2. Informal. whimsical; flamboyant: The fashions this year are definitely on the fun side.
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  1. for/in fun, as a joke; not seriously; playfully: His insults were only in fun.
  2. like fun, Informal. certainly not; of doubtful truth: He told us that he finished the exam in an hour. Like fun he did!
  3. make fun of, to make the object of ridicule; deride: The youngsters made fun of their teacher.
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Origin of fun

1675–85; dialectal variant of obsolete fon to befool. See fond1

Synonyms for fun

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Examples from the Web for funs

Historical Examples of funs

  • But there's one pint on which both sides agree—that's the Funs.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward

    Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)

  • And, like the gen'rous souls as they was, funs was lib'rally contribooted.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward

    Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)

  • They're willin, them chaps in New York, to receive all the Funs you'll send 'em.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward

    Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)

British Dictionary definitions for funs


  1. a source of enjoyment, amusement, diversion, etc
  2. pleasure, gaiety, or merriment
  3. jest or sport (esp in the phrases in or for fun)
  4. fun and games facetious, ironic amusement; frivolous activity
  5. like fun informal
    1. (adverb)quickly; vigorously
    2. (interjection)not at all! certainly not!
  6. make fun of or poke fun at to ridicule or deride
  7. (modifier) full of amusement, diversion, gaiety, etca fun sport
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verb funs, funning or funned
  1. (intr) informal to act in a joking or sporting manner
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Word Origin for fun

C17: perhaps from obsolete fon to make a fool of; see fond 1
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Word Origin and History for funs



"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with funs


In addition to the idiom beginning with fun

  • fun and games
  • funny bone
  • funny business
  • funny money

also see:

  • for fun
  • like fun
  • make fun of
  • more fun than a barrel of monkeys

Also see underfunny.

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