fun

[ fuhn ]
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noun

something that provides mirth or amusement: A picnic would be fun.
enjoyment or playfulness: She's full of fun.

verb (used with or without object), funned, fun·ning,

Informal. joke; kid.

adjective, fun·ner, fun·nest.

Informal. of or relating to fun, especially to social fun: a fun thing to do; really a fun person; the funnest game.
Informal. whimsical; flamboyant: The fashions this year are definitely on the fun side.

Idioms

Origin of fun

1675–85; dialectal variant of obsolete fon to befool. See fond1
SYNONYMS FOR fun
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British Dictionary definitions for like fun

fun

/ (fʌn) /

noun

verb funs, funning or funned

(intr) informal to act in a joking or sporting manner

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 like fun

fun


n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with like fun (1 of 2)

like fun


Not really, certainly not. For example, She said she'd been skiing for years—like fun she had! or Do I want to eat raw oysters—like fun I do. This expression originated in the early 1800s with a quite different meaning, “energetically” or “vigorously,” a sense now obsolete. Its present sense dates from the 1900s. Also see for fun.

Idioms and Phrases with like fun (2 of 2)

fun


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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