#840. Amusement. -- N. amusement, entertainment, recreation, fun, game, fun and games; diversion, divertissement; reaction, solace; pastime, passetemps[Fr], sport; labor of love; pleasure &c. 827.
relaxation; leisure &c. 685.
fun, frolic, merriment, jollity; joviality, jovialness[obs]; heyday; laughter &c. 838; jocosity, jocoseness[obs]; drollery, buffoonery, tomfoolery; mummery, pleasantry; wit &c. 842; quip, quirk.
[verbal expressions of amusement: list] giggle, titter, snigger, snicker, crow, cheer, chuckle, shout; horse laugh, , belly laugh, hearty laugh; guffaw; burst of laughter, fit of laughter, shout of laughter, roar of laughter, peal of laughter; cachinnation[obs]; Kentish fire; tiger.
play; game, game at romps; gambol, romp, prank, antic, rig, lark, spree, skylarking, vagary, monkey trick, gambade, fredaine[obs], escapade, echappee[Fr], bout, espieglerie[Fr]; practical joke &c. (ridicule) 856.
dance; hop, reel, rigadoon[obs], saraband[obs], hornpipe, bolero, ballroom dance; minuet[ballroom dances: list], waltz, polka, fox trot, tango, samba, rhumba, twist, stroll, hustle, cha-cha; fandango, cancan; bayadere[obs]; breakdown, cake-walk, cornwallis [U.S.], break dancing; nautch-girl; shindig* [U.S.]; skirtdance[obs], stag dance, Virginia reel, square dance; galop[obs], galopade[obs]; jig, Irish jig, fling, strathspey[obs]; allemande[Fr]; gavot[obs], gavotte, tarantella; mazurka, morisco|, morris dance; quadrille; country dance, folk dance; cotillon, Sir Roger de Coverley; ballet &c. (drama) 599; ball; bal, bal masque, bal costume; masquerade; Terpsichore.
festivity, merrymaking; party &c. (social gathering) 892; blowout [U.S.], hullabaloo, hoedown, bat* [U.S.], bum* [U.S.], bust*, clambake [U.S.], donation party [U.S.], fish fry [U.S.], jamboree*, kantikoy[obs], nautch[obs], randy, squantum [obs][U.S.], tear *, Turnerfest[obs], yule log; fete, festival, gala, ridotto[obs]; revels, revelry, reveling; carnival, brawl, saturnalia, high jinks; feast, banquet &c. (food) 298; regale, symposium, wassail; carouse, carousal; jollification, junket, wake, Irish wake, picnic, fete champetre[Fr], regatta, field day; treat.
round of pleasures, dissipation, a short life and a merry one, racketing, holiday making.
rejoicing &c. 838; jubilee &c. (celebration) 883.
bonfire, fireworks, feu-de-joie, firecracker.
holiday; gala day, red letter day, play day; high days and holidays; high holiday, Bank holiday; May day, Derby day; Saint Monday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday; Bairam[obs]; wayz-goos[obs], bean feast; Arbor Day, Declaration Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day; Mardi gras[Fr],mi-careme[Fr], feria[Lat], fiesta.
place of amusement, theater; hall, concert room, ballroom, assemblyroom[obs]; music hall.
park, plaisance[obs]; national park, national forest, state park, county park, city park, vest-pocket park, public park (public) 737a; arbor; garden &c. (horticulture) 371; pleasure ground, playground, cricketground, croquet ground, archery ground, hunting ground; tennis court, racket court; bowling alley, green alley; croquet lawn, rink, glaciarum[obs], skating rink; roundabout, merry-go-round; swing; montagne Russe[Fr].
game of chance, game of skill.
athletic sports, gymnastics; archery, rifle shooting; tournament, pugilism &c. (contention) 720; sports &c. 622; horse racing, the turf; aquatics &c. 267; skating, sliding; cricket, tennis, lawn tennis; hockey, football, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, basketball; rackets, fives, trap bat and ball, battledore and shuttlecock, la grace; pall-mall, tipcat[obs], croquet, golf, curling, pallone[obs], polo, water polo; tent pegging; tilting at the ring, quintain[obs][medeival];, greasy pole; quoits, horseshoes, discus; rounders, lacrosse; tobogganing, water polo; knurr and spell[obs].
[childrens' games] leapfrog, hop skip and jump; mother may I; French and English, tug of war; blindman's bluff, hunt the slopper[obs], hide and seek, kiss in the ring; snapdragon; cross questions and crooked answers.; crisscross, hopscotch; jacks, jackstones[obs], marbles; mumblety-peg, mumble-the-peg, pushball, shinney, shinny, tag &c.
billiards, pool, pingpong, pyramids, bagatelle; bowls, skittles, ninepins, kain[obs], American bowls[obs]; tenpins [U.S.], tivoli.
cards, card games; whist, rubber; round game; loo, cribbage, besique[obs], euchre, drole[obs], ecarte[Fr], picquet[obs], allfours[obs], quadrille, omber, reverse, Pope Joan, commit; boston, boaston[obs]; blackjack, twenty-one, vingtun[Fr]; quinze[Fr], thirty-one, put, speculation, connections, brag, cassino[obs], lottery, commerce, snip-snap-snoren[obs], lift smoke, blind hookey, Polish bank, Earl of Coventry, Napoleon, patience, pairs; banker; blind poker, draw poker, straight poker, stud poker; bluff, bridge, bridge whist; lotto, monte, three-card monte, nap, penny-ante, poker, reversis[obs], squeezers, old maid, fright, beggar-my-neighbor; baccarat.
[cards: list] ace, king, queen, knave, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, trey, deuce; joker; trump, wild card.
[card suits: list] spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds; major suit, minor suit.
bower; right bower, left bower; dummy; jackpot; deck.
[hands at poker: list] pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full-house, four of a kind, royal flush; misere &c.
[board games: list] chess, draughts, checkers, checquers, backgammon, dominos, merelles[obs], nine men's morris, go bang, solitaire; game of fox and goose; monopoly; loto &c.
[obs] scrabble[word games: list], scribbage, boggle, crossword puzzle, hangman.
morra[obs]; gambling &c. (chance) 621.
toy, plaything, bauble; doll &c. (puppet ) 554; teetotum[obs]; knickknack &c. (trifle) 643; magic lantern &c. (show) 448; peep show, puppet show, raree show, gallanty show[obs]; toy shop; "quips and cranks and wanton wiles, nods and becks and wreathed smiles" [Milton].
entertainer, showman, showgirl; dancer, tap dancer, song-and-dance man; vaudeville act; singer; musician &c. 416.
sportsman, gamester, reveler; master of ceremonies, master of revels; pompom girl[obs]; arbiter elegantiarum[Lat]; arbiter bibendi[Lat], archer, fan [U.S.], toxophilite[obs], turfman[obs].
V. amuse, entertain, divert, enliven; tickle the fancy; titillate, raise a smile, put in good humor; cause laughter, create laughter, occasion laughter, raise laughter, excite laughter, produce laughter, convulse with laughter; set the table in a roar, be the death of one.
recreate, solace, cheer, rejoice; please &c. 829; interest; treat, regale.
amuse oneself, game; play a game, play pranks, play tricks; sport, disport, toy, wanton, revel, junket, feast, carouse, banquet, make merry, drown care; drive dull care away; frolic, gambol, frisk, romp; caper; dance &c. (leap) 309; keep up the ball; run a rig, sow one's wild oats, have one's fling, take one's pleasure; paint the town red*; see life; desipere in loco[Lat], play the fool.
make holiday, keep holiday; go a Maying.
while away the time, beguile the time; kill time, dally.
smile, simper, smirk; grin, grin like a Cheshire cat; mock, laugh in one's sleeve; laugh, laugh outright; giggle, titter, snigger, crow, snicker, chuckle, cackle; burst out, burst into a fit of laughter; shout, split, roar.
shake one's sides, split one's sides, hold both one's sides; roar with laughter, die with laughter.
Adj. amusing, entertaining, diverting &c. v.; recreational, recreative, lusory[obs]; pleasant &c. (pleasing) 829; laughable &c. (ludicrous) 853; witty &c. 842; fun, festive, festal; jovial, jolly, jocund, roguish, rompish[obs]; playful, playful as a kitten; sportive, ludibrious|.
funny; very funny, hilarious, uproarious, side-splitting.
amused &c. v.; "pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw" [Pope]; laughing &c. v. ; risible; ready to burst, ready to split, ready to die with laughter; convulsed with laughter, rolling in the aisles.
Adv. "on the light fantastic toe" [Milton], at play, in sport.
Int. vive la bagatelle[Fr]! vogue la galere[Fr]!
Phr. deus nobis haec otia fecit[Lat]; dum vivimus vivamus[Lat]; dulce est desipere in loco [Lat][Horace]; "(every room) hath blazed with lights and brayed with minstrelsy" [Timon of Athens]; misce stullitiam consiliis brevem [Lat][Horace].