Fun vs Entertaining - What's the difference?

fun | entertaining |

As adjectives the difference between fun and entertaining

is that fun is (informal) enjoyable, amusing while entertaining is very amusing; that entertains.

As nouns the difference between fun and entertaining

is that fun is amusement, enjoyment or pleasure while entertaining is (archaic) entertainment.

As verbs the difference between fun and entertaining

is that fun is (colloquial) to tease, kid, poke fun at, make fun of while entertaining is .

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  • (informal) enjoyable, amusing
  • We had a fun time at the party.
    He is such a fun person to be with.
  • (informal) whimsical, flamboyant
  • This year's fashion style is much more fun than recent seasons.

    Usage notes

    * Note that the use of fun as an adjective is often considered unacceptable in formal contexts. For more on the slang comparative and superlative, the use of which is disputed, see this discussion

    Derived terms

    * funny


  • amusement, enjoyment or pleasure
  • * 2000 , Robert Stanley, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adobe Photoshop 6 , Alpha Books, page 377
  • Grafting your boss's face onto the hind end of a donkey is fun, but serious fun is when you create the impossible and it looks real.
  • playful, often noisy, activity.
  • Synonyms

    * amusement, diversion, enjoyment, a laugh, pleasure * boisterousness, horseplay, rough and tumble

    Derived terms

    * for the fun of it * fun and games * fun bags * funfair * funfest * fun-loving * fun-maker * funny * fun run, fun runner, fun running * funster * good fun * great fun * have fun * have fun with * in fun * like fun * make fun of * poke fun at


  • (colloquial) To tease, kid, poke fun at, make fun of.
  • Hey, don't get bent out of shape over it; I was just funning you.


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    (en adjective)
  • Very amusing; that entertains.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Phil Dawkes , title=Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Sunderland came back from two goals down to earn a point from an entertaining encounter with West Brom.}}


  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) entertainment
  • * 1889 , George Herbert Curteis, Bishop Selwyn of New Zealand, and of Lichfield
  • As soon as the festival was over, and the usual routine of summer entertainings and meetings had been got through, the Bishop and Mrs. Selwyn, accompanied by their large family party and some friends, started for a quiet holiday