funner

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English

Adjective

funner

  1. (humorous, nonstandard) comparative form of fun: more fun
    • 1979, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Wyoming, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency
      "I wish I would have played basketball when I was out. It's a lot more funner."
    • 1992, Ana Malinow Rajkovic, Manual for (Relatively) Painless Medical Spanish [4]
      Sounds like a great vacation, doesn’t it? It would be much funner, undoubtedly, to spend four weeks learning intensive Spanish in Guadalajara... but what do you expect for this price?
    • 2000, Julia Bourland, The Go-Girl Guide [5]
      Every wardrobe needs an all-purpose cocktail dress, but these are often funner if you can find a retro party dress in flawless shape at a vintage clothing store.

Usage notes

Funner is a regular comparative of the adjective fun. However, the use of fun as an adjective is itself still often seen as informal[1] or casual[2] and to be avoided in formal writing, and this would apply equally to the comparative form. Merriam-Webster, however, gives fun as an adjective without comment, and states that funner and funnest are ‘sometimes’ used[3]. Because of the remaining stigma, more fun may be preferred in formal writing.

References

  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, 2000. (web version) [1]
  2. ^ Edith Hope Fine, Judith Pinkerton Josephson, More Nitty-Gritty Grammar, 2001. [2]
  3. ^ [3]