Fun vs Scoff - What's the difference?

fun | scoff |

As verbs the difference between fun and scoff

is that fun is give while scoff is to jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision or scoff can be (british) to eat food quickly.

As a preposition fun

is for, on behalf of.

As a noun scoff is

derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach or scoff can be (south africa) food.




  • (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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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) scof/skof, of Scandinavian origin. Compare (etyl) skaup, Danish skuffelse(noun)/skuffe(verb) and Old High German scoph.


    (en noun)
  • Derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With scoffs , and scorns, and contumelious taunts.
  • * 1852 , The Dublin University Magazine (page 66)
  • There were sneers, and scoffs , and inuendoes of some; prophecies of failure in a hundred ways
  • An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.
  • * Cowper
  • The scoff of withered age and beardless youth.
    * derision, ridicule * See also


  • To jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision.
  • * Goldsmith
  • Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, / And fools who came to scoff , remained to pray.
    * contemn, deride, sneer

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl).


    (en noun)
  • (South Africa) Food.
  • Verb

  • (British) To eat food quickly.
  • (South Africa) To eat.
  • Synonyms
    * (eat quickly) (l), (l) (US)

    See also

    * scuff