fun
I. 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
>
3. 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
>
Synonyms: 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; funning) Date: 1833 to indulge in banter or play ; joke III. adjective (sometimes funner; sometimes funnest) 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
>

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