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Joy vs Fun - What's the difference?

joy | fun |

As nouns the difference between joy and fun

is that joy is a feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good while fun is amusement, enjoyment or pleasure.

As verbs the difference between joy and fun

is that joy is to feel joy, to rejoice while fun is to tease, kid, poke fun at, make fun of.

As a proper noun Joy

is {{given name|female|from=English}}.

As an adjective fun is

enjoyable, amusing.



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  • A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.
  • a child's joy on Christmas morning
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • Anything that causes such a feeling.
  • * Bible, 1 Thess. ii. 20
  • Ye are our glory and joy .
  • * Keats
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
  • (obsolete) The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity.
  • * Spenser
  • Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.
  • * Dryden
  • The roofs with joy resound.


    * (feeling of happiness) infelicity, joylessness, unhappiness, unjoy

    Derived terms

    * bundle of joy * cocky's joy * enjoy * joyance * joyful * joygasm * joyless * joyous * joy ride * joystick * jump for joy * killjoy * no joy * overjoy * traveller's joy * unjoy


    (en verb)
  • To feel joy, to rejoice.
  • *:
  • *:for oftymes or this oure lord shewed hym vnto good men and vnto good knyghtes in lykenes of an herte But I suppose from hens forth ye shalle see no more / and thenne they Ioyed moche / and dwelled ther alle that day / And vpon the morowe whan they had herde masse / they departed and commaunded the good man to god
  • *1885 , Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night , Night 18:
  • *:I swore readily enough to this and he joyed with exceeding joy and embraced me round the neck while love for him possessed my whole heart.
  • (archaic) To enjoy.
  • *1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.i.2:
  • *:For from the time that Scudamour her bought, / In perilous fight, she neuer ioyed day.
  • *Milton
  • *:Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss.
  • (obsolete) To give joy to; to congratulate.
  • *Dryden
  • *:Joy us of our conquest.
  • *Prior
  • *:To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.
  • (obsolete) To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
  • *Shakespeare
  • *:Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits.
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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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