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

a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement


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)


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


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)


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


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


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


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


the sport of shooting arrows with a bow


the sport of riding on a sled or sleigh


the sport of gliding on skates


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


the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle

blood sport

sport that involves killing animals (especially hunting)


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


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


frivolous or trifling behavior


rowdy or boisterous play


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


an agreeable or amusing remark

beguilement, distraction

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


entertainment that is intended to be educational


any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment


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

night life, nightlife

the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion


(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


the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining


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


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


dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence


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


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


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


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


casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

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