Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.
  • n. Enjoyment; amusement: have fun at the beach.
  • n. Playful, often noisy, activity.
  • intransitive v. Informal To behave playfully; joke.
  • adj. Informal Enjoyable; amusing: "You're a real fun guy” ( Margaret Truman).
  • idiom for As a joke; playfully.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. enjoyable, amusing.
  • adj. whimsical, flamboyant
  • n. amusement, enjoyment or pleasure.
  • n. playful, often noisy, activity.
  • v. To tease, kid, poke fun at.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sport; merriment; frolicsome amusement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make fun; jest; joke: as, I was only funning.
  • n. Mirthful sport; frolicsome amusement; enjoyment from gay or comical action or speech.
  • n. Mirthful wit or humor; sportive gaiety of speech or manner; drollery; whimsicality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
  • n. violent and excited activity
  • n. a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
  • n. activities that are enjoyable or amusing

Etymologies

Possibly from fon, to make a fool of, from Middle English fonnen, to fool, possibly from fonne, fool.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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  • low intensity

    October 12, 2012

  • "Now, I was sure Richard was funning me when he told me I was nice. He talks so much of my hair that I was afraid he thought little of the rest of me. I'm sure he told you that I'm plain. And I am. Am I not?"

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009

  • I disagree with Asativum! Fun, fun, fun, thud, thud thud. This word is not at all fun, it's an unomatopoeia.

    April 11, 2009

  • F is for Friends who do stuff together
    U is for You and me
    N is for Anywhere, anytime at all
    Down here in the deep blue sea

    -Spongebob Squarepants

    December 19, 2008

  • I'm surprised no one has commented on just how odd this word is. Say it a few times: fun, fun, fun! Cheers one up and all, yes; fun, yes; but odd.

    January 27, 2008