Children having fun at a park.
- The definition of fun is something that brings pleasure, joy or playfulness.
- An example of fun is dancing with friends.
- An example of fun is children playing together at the playground.
- lively, joyous play or playfulness; amusement, sport, recreation, etc.
- enjoyment or pleasure
- a source or cause of amusement or merriment, as an amusing person or thing
Origin of fun; from Middle English fonne, a fool, foolish, or fonnen, to be foolish ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
for funor in fun
make fun of
- Enjoyment; amusement: We had fun at the beach.
- A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure: Was the party fun?
verbfunned funned, fun·ning, funs Informal
Origin of funPossibly from fon, to make a fool of, from Middle English fonnen, to fool, possibly from fonne, fool. Usage Note: The use of fun as an attributive adjective, as in a fun time, a fun place, probably originated in a playful reanalysis of the use of the word in sentences such as It is fun to ski, where fun has the syntactic function of adjectives such as amusing or enjoyable. The usage has become widespread and must be considered standard, though writers may want to avoid it in more formal contexts. The inflection of the adjective (as funner, funnest) is another matter, however. Although this practice goes back to the 1950s, the inflected forms are almost never used in edited prose aside from direct quotations, usually of children.
(comparative more fun or funner, superlative most fun or funnest)
- fun is often confused with funny. The difference is that fun things make you happy, while funny things make you laugh.
- Note that the use of fun as an adjective is often considered unacceptable in formal contexts.
- For more on the slang comparative and superlative, the use of which is disputed, see this discussion
(third-person singular simple present funs, present participle funning, simple past and past participle funned)
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”).