fun

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

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Adjective[edit]

fun (comparative more fun or funner, superlative most fun or funnest)

  1. (informal) enjoyable, amusing
    We had a fun time at the party.
    He is such a fun person to be with.
  2. (informal) whimsical, flamboyant
    This year's fashion style is much more fun than recent seasons.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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

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Noun[edit]

fun (uncountable)

  1. amusement, enjoyment or pleasure
    • 2000, Robert Stanley, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adobe Photoshop 6, Alpha Books, page 377
      Grafting your boss's face onto the hind end of a donkey is fun, but serious fun is when you create the impossible and it looks real.
  2. playful, often noisy, activity.

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Verb[edit]

fun (third-person singular simple present funs, present participle funning, simple past and past participle funned)

  1. (colloquial) To tease, kid, poke fun at, make fun of.
    Hey, don't get bent out of shape over it; I was just funning you.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fun (invariable)

  1. (colloquial) fun

Galician[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Inflected form of ir (to go).

Verb[edit]

fun

  1. first-person singular preterite indicative of ir

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of ser (to be).

Verb[edit]

fun

  1. first-person singular preterite indicative of ser

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

fun

  1. rōmaji reading of ふん

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

fun

  1. rafsi of funca.