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.
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.