Children having fun at a park.
- 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 funfrom Middle English fonne, a fool, foolish, or fonnen, to be foolish from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intransitive verbfunned, fun′ning
Origin of fun< funthe noun
make fun of
- Enjoyment; amusement: We had fun at the beach.
- A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure: Was the party fun?
verbfunned, 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 adjective probably originated when people heard the noun in sentences like Skiing is fun and interpreted it as a predicate adjective along the lines of Skiing is enjoyable. From there it was a short step to using fun attributively to modify a noun, as in a fun time or a fun place. This usage has become widespread and must be considered standard; in our 2015 survey, the sentence We went to a fun party was judged acceptable by 84 percent of the Usage Panel. The inflection of the adjective (as funner, funnest ) is another matter. Although the inflected forms have been in use since the 1950s, they are almost never found in edited prose aside from direct quotations, usually of children. In our survey, funner and funnest were rated as unacceptable by 88 percent and 80 percent of the Panelists, respectively, and most of the remainder rated them as merely “somewhat acceptable.”
(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”).