American English

Definition of fun noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1enjoyment; pleasure; a thing that gives enjoyment or pleasure and makes you feel happy We had a lot of fun at Sarah's party. Sailing is great fun. Have fun (= Enjoy yourself)! I decided to learn Spanish, just for fun. I didn't do all that work just for the fun of it. It's not much fun going to a party by yourself. “What fun!” she said with a laugh. Walking three miles in the pouring rain is not my idea of fun. The whole family can join in the fun at Water World. “What do you say to a weekend in New York?” “Sounds like fun.”
  2. 2behavior or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment She's very lively and full of fun. We didn't mean to hurt him. We were just having a little fun. It wasn't serious—it was all done in fun. Thesaurusentertainmentfun recreation relaxation play pleasure amusementThese are all words for things or activities used to entertain people when they are not working.entertainment movies, television, music, etc. used to entertain people:The club offers live entertainment seven nights a (somewhat informal) behavior or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment:I took an art class just for the fun of it. The lottery provides harmless fun for millions.recreation (somewhat formal) things people do for enjoyment when they are not working:His only form of recreation is playing basketball.relaxation (somewhat formal) things people do to rest and enjoy themselves when they are not working; the ability to relax:I go hiking for relaxation.recreation or relaxation?Both these words can be used for a wide range of activities, physical and mental, but relaxation is sometimes used for gentler activities than recreation:I play the flute in a wind band for recreation. I listen to music for things that people, especially children, do for enjoyment rather than as work:the importance of learning through playpleasure the activity of enjoying yourself, especially in contrast to working:Are you in Paris for business or pleasure?amusement (somewhat formal) the fact of being entertained by something:What do you do for amusement around here?Patterns to do something for entertainment/fun/recreation/relaxation/pleasure/amusement to provide entertainment/fun/recreation/relaxation/amusement
  3. Thesaurusfunpleasure a good time enjoyment a great timeThese are all words for the feeling of enjoying yourself, or activities or time that you (somewhat informal) the feeling of enjoying yourself; activities that you enjoy:We had a lot of fun at Sarah's party. Sailing is great fun.pleasure (somewhat formal) the feeling of enjoying yourself or being satisfied:Reading for pleasure and reading for work are not the same.a good time (somewhat informal) a time that you spend enjoying yourself:We had a good time in Spain.enjoyment (somewhat formal) the feeling of enjoying yourself:I get a lot of enjoyment from music.pleasure or enjoyment?Enjoyment usually comes from an activity that you do;pleasure can come from something that you do or something that happens:He beamed with pleasure at seeing her. He beamed with enjoyment at seeing her.a great time (somewhat informal) a time that you spend enjoying yourself very much:We had a really great time together.Patterns to do something for fun/pleasure/your own enjoyment great fun/pleasure/enjoyment to have fun/a good time/a great time to get pleasure/enjoyment >from>something to spoil the fun/somebody's pleasure/somebody's enjoymentIdioms
    be/become a figure of fun
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    to be/become someone that other people laugh at
    fun and games (informal)
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    activities that are not serious and that other people may disapprove of
    make fun of somebody/something
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    to laugh at someone or something or make other people laugh at them, usually in an unkind way It's cruel to make fun of people who stutter.
    poke fun at somebody/something
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    to say unkind things about someone or something in order to make other people laugh at them synonym rid‧i‧cule Her novels poke fun at the upper class. She's always poking fun at herself.
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