- something that provides mirth or amusement: A picnic would be fun.
- enjoyment or playfulness: She's full of fun.
- Informal. joke; kid.
- 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.
- for/in fun, as a joke; not seriously; playfully: His insults were only in fun.
- like fun, Informal. certainly not; of doubtful truth: He told us that he finished the exam in an hour. Like fun he did!
- make fun of, to make the object of ridicule; deride: The youngsters made fun of their teacher.
Origin of fun
Synonyms for fun
- a source of enjoyment, amusement, diversion, etc
- pleasure, gaiety, or merriment
- jest or sport (esp in the phrases in or for fun)
- fun and games facetious, ironic amusement; frivolous activity
- like fun informal
- (adverb)quickly; vigorously
- (interjection)not at all! certainly not!
- make fun of or poke fun at to ridicule or deride
- (modifier) full of amusement, diversion, gaiety, etca fun sport
- (intr) informal to act in a joking or sporting manner
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.
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.
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.