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Fon \Fon\ (f[o^]n), n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. f[=a]ni silly, f[=a]na to act silly, Sw. f[*a]ne fool. Cf. Fond, a.] A fool; an idiot. [Obs.]


Etymology 1

  1. (rfv-sense) (context obsolete English) foolish; simple; silly. n. (rfv-sense) (context obsolete English) A fool or idiot. Etymology 2


  2. (rfv-sense) (context intransitive obsolete English) To be foolish or simple; act like a fool; dote. Etymology 3

    n. A chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon.


Fon (Fon Wireless Ltd.) is a company that operates a system of dual access wireless networks.

Members, whom the company calls "Foneros", agree to share a part of their bandwidth as a Wi-Fi signal, so that they can connect to other members' hotspots. Consumers who choose not to share their Internet connection can buy Wi-Fi access passes or credit from Fon.

Fon (title)

A Fon is a chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon, especially among the Widikum, Tikar, and Bamiléké peoples of the Bamenda grass fields (the Northwest, West Region) and the Lebialem of the South West Region. Though once independent rulers, most Fons were brought under the German rule or military subjugation during the colonial period. Following the defeat of the Germans in World War I, the Fons came under British or French rule, depending on whether their territory fell into British Cameroon or French Cameroon. Since Cameroon's independence in 1961, the Fons are under the jurisdiction of the Government of Cameroon. However, they maintain semi-autonomous union councils and jurisdiction over their hereditary land.

Some of the historically significant Fons of the Northwest are:

  • Fon Angwafo III of Mankon
  • Fon of Anong-Timah Bamtie
  • Fon of Ashong
  • Fon of Awing
  • Fon of Bali-Gansin
  • Fon of Bali-Gashu
  • Fon of Bali-Gham
  • Fon of Bangwa
  • Fon of Batibo
  • Fon of Bessi
  • Fon of Bum
  • Fon of Zang Tabi

In the Southwest region, only Lebialem division has Fons, the most notable of them being The Fon of Fontem.

  • HM Asabaton Fontem, Fon of Fontem
  • HM Fon Lekunze, Fon of Bamumbu
  • HM Fotabong Achenjang, Fon of Lewoh
  • HM Fonjumetaw, Fon of Nwehbetaw

Usage examples of "fon".

I am Fon Twizzledale, like to be, so they tell me, Wizardly in persuasion.

Across the fire Fon Twizzledale stared at her, his head cocked to one side.

You have met the Fon, offspring of some great Demesne away south where I have never traveled though I would much like to go.

You are the Fon, whatever a Fon may be, of some place no one has ever heard of.

Seer, knew that the Fon had penetrated at least part of her identity, but let the feminine identification go by without protest.

At last the Fon had asked every question which could be asked and had set to brewing tea over a handful of coals, humming to himself as he did so.

Proom crouched by the fire, humming a descant, and soon a full dozen of the shadowpeople were gathered at the fire in full contrapuntal hum, which seemed to disturb the Fon not at all.

The Fon and I are young enough to need help, therefore too young to be trusted when we ask for it.

The little people will be there, and the Fon, and old Blourbast with his armies and his foul sister.

She opened it to let Windlow and the Fon come in, Boldery close behind them bearing a wrapped gift.

The Fon held out his hand to her, but she only smiled at him, using her own hands to gather her skirts.

Looking down, she saw pombi feet, Fon feet, and Mavin feet all in movement, pom, pom, pom, pom, as the bright music tootled and bammed around them.

From the back of it, an apple-cheeked old woman nodded at them with a smile of surprise, tossing out a biscuit which the Fon caught between his teeth.

The place where she resided, seems to have been named from the worship there instituted: for Endor is compounded of En-Ador, and signifies Fons Pythonis, the fountain of light, the oracle of the God Ador.

I should judge to be a compound of Vir-En, and to signify ignis fons, from being dedicated to the Deity of fire, on account of some particular quality.