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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: fun 'to play a trick on' (17-20 centuries), perhaps from fonne; FOND

fun

1 noun
     
fun1 S2 [uncountable]
1 an experience or activity that is very enjoyable and excitingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
have fun (=have an enjoyable time) good/great fun especially British English a lot of fun especially American English harmless fun (=enjoyable activities that do not have a bad effect on anyone) good clean fun (=enjoyable activities that do not involve anything bad or immoral) sound like fun join in the fun it's no fun
There's plenty of fun for all the family.
The children were having so much fun, I hated to call them inside.
Why don't you come with us? It'll be great fun.
Basketball games are a lot of fun to watch.
It was a little bit of harmless fun, that's all.
Snowboarding - that sounds like fun.
Several Internet sites are inviting people to join in the fun for free.
It's no fun eating on your own.
2

for fun

also just for the fun of it if you do something for fun, you do it because you enjoy it and not for any other reason:
I simply believe that killing animals for fun is wrong.
Like most people her age, Deborah struck up relationships just for the fun of it.
3

somebody is (great/good) fun

British English used to say that someone is enjoyable to be with because they are happy and amusing:
You'll like her, darling, she's great fun.
4 behaviour that is not serious and shows happiness and enjoyment:
Jan's always so cheerful and full of fun.
Her sense of fun made her very popular at college.
Evelyn would tease her, but only in fun.
5

fun and games

activities, behaviour etc that are not serious - often used to show disapproval
6

make fun of somebody/something

to make unkind, insulting remarks about someone or something:
I'm not making fun of you. I admire what you did.
7

like fun

American English spoken old-fashioned used to say that something is not true or will not happen:
'I'm going to Barbara's house.' 'Like fun you are! Come and finish your chores first.'

➔ figure of fun

at figure1 (12)

; ➔ poke fun at

at poke1 (6)

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