Sunday Funday – Meaning, Origin and Usage

Many of us spend countless hours working during the week, only to have two days off for the weekend to do what we want. Usually we take full advantage of those two days off and have as much fun as we can.

Sundays, especially, seem to be the day’s most of us party hard to celebrate those final 24 hours before we have to go back to another work week. In this sense, the phrase “Sunday Funday” has become popular lingo for many.

This post unpacks the meaning and origin behind this expression.


“Sunday Funday” is a phrase used to represent all of the fun things you will do on Sunday to celebrate having the day off before having to go back to work on Monday. Whether that means going out for drinks with friends, going out to dinner, or just going out somewhere to have fun, you are going to use every waking moment of that Sunday to enjoy yourself as much as you can until the next weekend.

Sunday Funday is basically a day of rest, relaxation, and debauchery before heading back to the daily grind during the week. This phrase is commonly used by working adults, who may have typical 9-5 jobs Monday to Friday, and only have the weekend off to enjoy themselves. More information can be found in the video (here).

Example Usage

“I can’t wait to go out for mimosas at 11! Sunday Funday!”

“I’m gonna’ spend all day at the beach enjoying myself. Sunday Funday!”

“I’m going out for some drinks with friends later. Sunday Funday!”

“I’m going skydiving today! Sunday Funday!”


The exact origin of this phrase is unknown. Some attribute its creation to the band The Bangles, and their song Manic Monday, which was released in 1986. In this song, the lyrics “I wish it was Sunday, that’s my Funday” are believed to have inspired the saying still used to this day.

The phrase “Sunday Funday” was first defined online in 2006, but reached the height of its popularity in 2010, when more and more people began looking up the term (according to Google Trends). The phrase has remained steady in its popularity over the years. “Sunday Funday” can be found on any number of motivational posters, and a variety of memes that have been circulating the Internet since 2011.

Phrases Similar to Sunday Funday

  • TGIF, or “thank god it’s Friday”
  • Work hard, play hard
  • Don’t stop until you drop.
  • Let’s get this party started.

Phrases Opposite to Sunday Funday

  • Workday
  • Humpday
  • Uneventful/boring/ordinary etc. day

What is the Correct Saying?

  • “Sunday Funday” itself is the correct saying.

Ways People May Incorrectly Say Sunday Funday

This phrase is used to refer to having as much fun as you can on a Sunday before you have to go back to work on Monday. If you were to sit around and not do anything that day, you could not call it “Sunday Funday”. Also, if you try to refer to any other day as “Sunday Funday”, that would be incorrect, since it is not Sunday, even if you are doing something that you would typically do on a “Sunday Funday”. Some ways that “Sunday Funday” is used incorrectly are:

  • I sat around all day watching television. Sunday Funday!
  • I didn’t leave my house at all today. Sunday Funday!
  • We’re going out for drinks Thursday night. Sunday Funday!
  • I haven’t done anything exciting at all today. Sunday Funday!

Acceptable Ways to Phrase Sunday Funday

  • We just went out for karaoke Sunday night. Sunday Funday.
  • I spent all day at the spa and getting my nails done. Sunday Funday!
  • I lounged by the pool all day and read my book while sipping my cocktails. Sunday Funday!
  • I went shopping and treated myself to a bunch of new clothes! Sunday Funday!
  • What are your plans for this Sunday Funday? I plan to hit up the beach for some sand and sun!

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