(comparative more fun or funner, superlative most fun or funnest)
- (informal) enjoyable, amusing
- We had a fun time at the party.
- He is such a fun person to be with.
- (informal) whimsical, flamboyant
- This year's fashion style is much more fun than recent seasons.
(third-person singular simple present funs, present participle funning, simple past and past participle funned)
- (colloquial) To tease, kid, poke fun at, make fun of.
- Hey, don't get bent out of shape over it; I was just funning you.
From Middle English fon, fonne (“foolish, simple, silly”), probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish fånig (“foolish”), Swedish fåne (“a fool”). Compare also Norwegian fomme, fume (“a fool”). More at fon.
Alternative etymology connects Middle English fonne to Old Frisian fonna, fone, fomne, variant forms of Old Frisian fāmne, fēmne (“young woman, virgin”), from Proto-Germanic *faimnijǭ (“maiden”), from Proto-Indo-European *peymen- (“girl”), *poymen- (“breast milk”). If so, then cognate with Old English fǣmne (“maid, virgin, damsel, bride”), West Frisian famke (“girl”), Eastern Frisian fone, fon (“woman, maid, servant," also "weakling, simpleton”).