nounpl. Fon, or Fons
- A member of a people of Benin and neighboring parts of Nigeria.
- The Gbe language of the Fon.
From Middle English fon, fonne, of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish fÃ¥ne (“a fool, idiot, prat") (compare Swedish fÃ¥nig (“foolish")), Icelandic fÃ¡ni (“a buoyant, high-flying person", literally “a standard, flag"), from Proto-Germanic *fanÃ´ (“cloth, rag"), from Proto-Indo-European *pÄn- (“fabric"). Cognate with Old English fana (“a banner, standard"). More at vane.
(third-person singular simple present fons, present participle fonning, simple past and past participle fonned)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To be foolish or simple; act like a fool; dote.
From Middle English fonnen, from fon, fonne (“fool").
fon - Computer Definition
(Fon Wireless Ltd., Madrid, Spain, www.fon.com) A company founded in 2005 by Martin Varsavsky that sponsors a global Wi-Fi community. Fon members ("Foneros") install a special router that lets them securely share their Wi-Fi networks with other Foneros who are in the vicinity. In turn, they have free access to any other "Fon Spot" (Fon hotspot) in the world. Fon's revenue comes from non-members who pay for access, and Foneros can share in that revenue when paying users log in through their hotspots. As of 2012, there are more than five million Fon Spots worldwide. Hookup is Via the Fonera Router Joining the Fon community is accomplished by purchasing a low-cost wireless router called the "Fonera," which hooks up to the user's network. The Fonera router provides two secure wireless signals, one for the owner and the other for the public. Linus, Bill and Alien Linuses (as in Linus Torvalds) are Foneros who share their Fon Spots with other Foneros for free and in turn receive free access to Fon hotspots worldwide. Bills (as in Bill Gates) are Foneros who offer their Fon Spots for remuneration, and Aliens are non-members who purchase a pass from Fon for Linus or Bill hotspot usage. See Wi-Fi.