Meaning of FUN in English


I. ˈfən noun

Etymology: English dialect fun to hoax, perhaps alteration of Middle English fonnen, from fonne dupe

Date: 1727

1. : what provides amusement or enjoyment ; specifically : playful often boisterous action or speech

full of fun

2. : a mood for finding or making amusement

all in fun


a. : amusement , enjoyment

sickness takes all the fun out of life

b. : derisive jest : sport , ridicule

a figure of fun

4. : violent or excited activity or argument

let a snake loose in the classroom; then the fun began


fun , jest , sport , game , play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose

played cards just for fun

jest implies lack of earnestness in what is said or done and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing

hurt by remarks said only in jest

sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone

teasing begun in sport led to anger

game is close to sport , and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun

made game of their poor relations

play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief

pretended to strangle his brother in play

II. intransitive verb

( funned ; fun·ning )

Date: 1833

: to indulge in banter or play : joke

III. adjective

( sometimes fun·ner sometimes fun·nest )

Date: circa 1846

1. : providing entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment

a fun party

a fun person to be with

2. : full of fun : pleasant

a fun night

have a fun time

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.