Meaning of FAN in English

FAN

/ fæn; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a person who admires sb/sth or enjoys watching or listening to sb/sth very much :

movie fans

crowds of football fans

a big fan of Pavarotti

fan mail (= letters from fans to the person they admire)

2.

a machine with blades that go round to create a current of air :

to switch on the electric fan

a fan heater

—see also extractor

3.

a thing that you hold in your hand and wave to create a current of cool air

IDIOMS

see shit noun

■ verb ( -nn- ) [ vn ]

1.

to make air blow onto sb/sth by waving a fan, your hand, etc. :

He fanned himself with a newspaper to cool down.

2.

to make a fire burn more strongly by blowing on it :

Fanned by a westerly wind, the fire spread rapidly through the city.

3.

( literary ) to make a feeling, an attitude, etc. stronger

SYN fuel :

His reluctance to answer her questions simply fanned her curiosity.

IDIOMS

- fan the flames (of sth)

PHRASAL VERBS

- fan out | fan sth out

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 2 to 3 and verb Old English fann (as a noun denoting a device for winnowing grain), fannian (verb), from Latin vannus winnowing fan. Compare with vane .

noun sense 1 late 19th cent. (originally US): abbreviation of fanatic .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.