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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan]
    • /fæn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan]
    • /fæn/

Definitions of fanning word

  • noun fanning any device for producing a current of air by the movement of a broad surface or a number of such surfaces. 1
  • noun fanning an implement of feathers, leaves, paper, cloth, etc., often in the shape of a long triangle or of a semicircle, for waving lightly in the hand to create a cooling current of air about a person: We sat on the veranda, cooling ourselves with palm-leaf fans. 1
  • noun fanning anything resembling such an implement, as the tail of a bird. 1
  • noun fanning any of various devices consisting essentially of a series of radiating vanes or blades attached to and revolving with a central hublike portion to produce a current of air: ceiling fan; wall fan. 1
  • noun fanning a series of revolving blades supplying air for winnowing or cleaning grain. 1
  • noun fanning Horology. fly1 (def 28). 1

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Origin of fanning

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English fann < Latin vannus winnowing basket

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Parts of speech for Fanning


fanning popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fanning usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fanning

adjective fanning

Top questions with fanning

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