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antic, caper, joke, prank, put-on, trick

a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement




bathing

immersing the body in water or sunshine




celebration, festivity

any joyous diversion




dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music




amusement, entertainment

an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention




escapade, lark

any carefree episode




escape, escapism

an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy




eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy

the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions; used to teach musical understanding




fun, merriment, playfulness

activities that are enjoyable or amusing




gambling, gaming, play

the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)




game

an amusement or pastime




jest, jocularity, joke

activity characterized by good humor




night life, nightlife

the activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.)




interest, pastime, pursuit

a diversion that occupies one’s time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)




child’s play, play

activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules




caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement




athletics, sport

an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition




agon

a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes




funambulism, tightrope walking

walking on a tightrope or slack rope




rock climbing

the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)




house

play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults




doctor

children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician’s office




fireman

play in which children pretend to put out a fire




avocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activity

an auxiliary activity




contact sport

a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players




field sport, outdoor sport

a sport that is played outdoors




gymnastic exercise, gymnastics

a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility




track and field

participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it




skiing

a sport in which participants must travel on skis




aquatics, water sport

sports that involve bodies of water




sea bathing

bathing in the sea or ocean




sun bathing

immersing the body in sunlight




row, rowing

the act of rowing as a sport




archery

the sport of shooting arrows with a bow




sledding

the sport of riding on a sled or sleigh




skating

the sport of gliding on skates




racing

the sport of engaging in contests of speed




equitation, horseback riding, riding

the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements




cycling

the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle




blood sport

sport that involves killing animals (especially hunting)




catch

a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth




party game

a game to amuse guests at a party




computer game, video game

a game played against a computer




pinball, pinball game

a game played on a sloping board; the object is to propel marbles against pins or into pockets




guessing game

a game in which participants compete to identify some obscurely indicated thing




ducks and drakes

a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water




mind game

any game designed to exercise the intellect




hare and hounds, paper chase

an outdoor game; one group of players (the hares) start off on a long run scattering bits of paper (the scent) and pursuers (the hounds) try to catch them before they reach a designated spot




ring-a-rosy, ring-around-a-rosy, ring-around-the-rosy

a children’s game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat




prisoner’s base

a children’s game; two teams capture opposing players by tagging them and taking them to their own base




treasure hunt

a game in which players try to find hidden articles by using a series of clues




athletic game

a game involving athletic activity




sporting life

active interest in gambling on sports events




bet, wager

the act of gambling




gambling game, game of chance

a game that involves gambling




conviviality, jollification, merrymaking

a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity




sexcapade

a sexual escapade; an illicit affair




coquetry, dalliance, flirt, flirtation, flirting, toying

playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest




craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery

foolish or senseless behavior




game

frivolous or trifling behavior




horseplay

rowdy or boisterous play




teasing

playful vexation




word play

playing on words or speech sounds




dirty trick

an unkind or aggressive trick




practical joke

a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)




drollery, waggery

a quaint and amusing jest




leg-pull, leg-pulling

as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true




pleasantry

an agreeable or amusing remark




beguilement, distraction

an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations




edutainment

entertainment that is intended to be educational




extravaganza

any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment




militainment

entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated




night life, nightlife

the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion




feria

(in Spanish speaking regions) a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint




festival, fete

an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)




blowout, gala, gala affair, jamboree

a gay festivity




Ludi Saeculares, secular games

the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era




victory celebration

a celebration following a victory in a battle or sports competition




show

the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining




adagio

a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers




break dance, break dancing

a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music




courante

a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats




nauch, nautch, nautch dance

an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls




pavan, pavane

a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries




phrase

dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence




saraband

a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time




skank

a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees




slam dance, slam dancing

a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock




hoofing, step dancing

dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures




toe dance, toe dancing

a dance performed on tiptoe




choreography, stage dancing

a show involving artistic dancing




pas seul, variation

(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure




duet, pas de deux

(ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)




pas de trois

(ballet) a dance for three people




pas de quatre

(ballet) a dance for four people




social dancing

dancing as part of a social occasion




mambo

a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba




ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing

a dance that is part of a religious ritual




judo

a sport adapted from jujitsu (using principles of not resisting) and similar to wrestling; developed in Japan




spectator sport

a sport that many people find entertaining to watch




team sport

a sport that involves competition between teams of players




throw

casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly








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