• WordNet 3.6
    • n fun activities that are enjoyable or amusing "I do it for the fun of it","he is fun to have around"
    • n fun violent and excited activity "she asked for money and then the fun began","they began to fight like fun"
    • n fun a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement "her playfulness surprised me","he was fun to be with"
    • n fun verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously) "he became a figure of fun","he said it in sport"
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But the great fun of the evening But the great fun of the evening
to see such fun to see such fun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolplins are the only other mamals besides humans that have sex for fun.
    • n Fun Sport; merriment; frolicsome amusement. "Oddity, frolic, and fun ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.
    • n fun Mirthful sport; frolicsome amusement; enjoyment from gay or comical action or speech.
    • n fun Mirthful wit or humor; sportive gaiety of speech or manner; drollery; whimsicality.
    • fun To make fun; jest; joke: as, I was only funning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fun fun merriment: sport
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  • Bradford Arthur Angier
    Bradford Arthur Angier
    “It's fun being a kid.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Which is better: to have fun with fungi or to have Idiocy with ideology, to have wars because of words, to have tomorrow's misdeeds out of yesterday's miscreeds?”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
  • George Santayana
    “Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.”
  • Walt Disney
    “It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. fonn, pleasure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a form of obs. fon, to befool. Skeat refers to Ir. fonn, delight.


In literature:

And won't it be fun to live in a tent?
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
There is a boy in the Seventh Ward who is so full of fun that sometimes it makes him ache.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
She is a regular true sort of Betty, up to no end of larks and fun; but sometimes she gets very depressed.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Sleepers are loads of fun.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
I can have all the fun I want, and when I am old and ugly like you he can have me and take care of me.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
I expect to have heaps of fun between this and then.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
But all this fun and frolic soon came to an end, and Patty returned to New York to take up her studies again.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
I'm off to have a bit of fun with my boy cousins.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
I like the salmons, and I dote on the fun and the fuss.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He farms just for fun.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird

In poetry:

Gamming and grousing
Work and fun,
In the South Sea whaler
The Midnight Sun.
"South Sea Whaler. “Scrimshaw” Model" by Cicely Fox Smith
IT is a Party, do you know,
And there they sit, all in a row,
Waiting till the others come,
To begin to have some fun.
"First Arrivals" by Kate Greenaway
We are saddling Don and Laddie,
Mid laughter, and fun and noise
And maybe, a sigh in passing
For vanished holiday joys.
"The First School Day" by Alice Guerin Crist
I do not know if I am suffering
or if is someone having fun
(and why not?) in the scarce night
with an insoluble piccolo.
"Lost Hope" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Said he, 'I think it's much more fun
Than getting stuck with only one.'
"St Ives" by Roald Dahl
But, with fun aside, you know,
We’re blamed sorry she must go;
An’ we hope she’ll think, maybe,
‘Z well o’ us ez we o’ she.
"To Jessica, Gone Back To The City" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

The characters of Fun Size, like comedian and late night talk show host Chelsea Handler (middle), behave badly in a not fun way.
Putting the 'fun' in fun -sized candy bars.
I bought a couple of bags of "fun size" candy bars about a month ago, and about a week later every little fun-size one of those bad boys was gone.
It's always fun to win on homecoming, and the Midway Green Wave had a lot of fun Friday night as Joe Campbell's squad downed Jellico , 29-6.
Here is our tips to guide you to not only a fun concert, but to a fun drive there.
This Is Fun Fun Fun Fest's John Lydon.
Looks like this pup had a fun filled day, or was it his owner who had all the fun.
If girls just wanna have fun, that still doesn't mean all girls just wanna have fun the same way.
Elyria boy found fun in 'Fun Size' movie.
Isn't it time for a little fun — just for the sake of, well, having fun.
This recipe is fun to make at any age and even more fun to eat.
Paintball is fun, except for the painful bruises that remind you of that fun a week after the fact.
You Say Fun-jee, I Say Fun-guy.
It was twice the fun for members of the White House Correspondents' Association and guests when President Bush and a lookalike, soundalike sidekick poked fun at the president and fellow politicians.
Lite 98.7 is your summer fun station and nothing says summer fun like a roller coaster ride.

In science:

All integrals can be expressed in terms of modified Bessel fun ctions.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
Now we can define FUN as a recursive minimization of a function which distinguishes the different cases (atomic functions, composition, recursive minimization).
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
Using the ∗-recursive version of FUN , we can define a function e(α, β ) which returns 0 or 1 depending on whether α is an element of the ∗-recursive set defined by β (regarded as a triple) or not.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
The result then follows by noting the form of fUn (u) given in (iii). 2 The next proposition offers another description of the distribution of the unique values.
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures
The marginal distributions of X and p are given by R ∞ M (dX|u)fUn,q (u)du.
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures