1. Passive Affections


[Antonyms: weariness.]

[Nouns] amusement, entertainment; diversion, divertissement; reaction, solace; pastime, passetemps, sport; labor of love; pleasure [more].


fun, frolic, merriment, jollity; joviality, jovialness; heyday; laughter [more]; jocosity, jocoseness; drollery, buffoonery, tomfoolery; mummery, pleasantry; wit [more]; quip, quirk.

giggle, titter, snigger, crow, cheer, chuckle, shout; horse laugh, hearty laugh; guffaw; burst of laughter, fit of laughter, shout of laughter, roar of laughter, peal of laughter; cachinnation; Kentish fire; tiger.

play; game, game at romps; gambol, romp, prank, antic, rig, lark, spree, skylarking, vagary, monkey trick, gambade, fredaine, escapade, echappee, bout, espieglerie; practical joke (ridicule) [more].

dance; hop, reel, rigadoon, saraband, hornpipe, bolero; minuet, waltz, polka; fandango, cancan; bayadere; breakdown, cake-walk, cornwallis [U.S.]; nautch-girl; shindig [U.S.]; skirtdance, stag dance, Virginia reel; galop, galopade; jig, fling, strathspey; allemande; gavot, gavotte; mazurka, morisco, morris dance; quadrille; country dance; cotillon, Sir Roger de Coverley; ballet (drama) [more]; ball; bal, balmasque, balcostume; masquerade; Terpsichore.

festivity, merrymaking; party (social gathering) [more]; bat [U.S.], bum [U.S.], bust, clambake [U.S.], donation party [U.S.], fish fry [U.S.], jamboree, kantikoy, nautch, randy, squantum [U.S.], tear , Turnerfest, yule log; fete, festival, gala, ridotto; revels, revelry, reveling; carnival, brawl, saturnalia, high jinks; feast, banquet (food) [more]; regale, symposium, wassail; carouse, carousal; jollification, junket, wake, picnic, fete champetre, regatta, field day; treat; block party; company picnic.

round of pleasures, dissipation, a short life and a merry one, racketing, holiday making.

rejoicing [more]; jubilee (celebration) [more].

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; wayz-goos, bean feast; Arbor Day, Declaration Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day; Mardi gras, mi-careme, feria, fiesta.

place of amusement, theater; concert room, ballroom, assembly room; music hall.

park, plaisance; arbor; garden (horticulture) [more]; pleasure ground, playground, cricketground, croquet ground, archery ground, hunting ground; tennis court, racket court; bowling alley, green alley; croquet lawn, rink, glaciarum, skating rink; roundabout, merry-go-round; swing; montagne Russe; amusement park; gameroom.

game of chance, game of skill.

athletic sports, gymnastics; archery, rifle shooting; tournament, pugilism (contention) [more]; sports [more]; horse racing, the turf; aquatics [more]; skating, sliding; cricket, tennis, lawn tennis; hockey, football, rackets, fives, trap bat and ball, battledore and shuttlecock, la grace; pall-mall, tipcat, croquet, golf, curling, pallone, polo; tent pegging, tilting at the ring, quntain, greasy pole; quoits, discus; rounders, lacrosse; tobogganing, water polo; knurr and spell.

leapfrog, hop skip and jump; French and English, tug of war; blindman's bluff, hunt the slopper, hide and seek, kiss in the ring; snapdragon; cross questions and crooked answers.; crisscross, hopscotch, jackstones, mumblety-peg, pingpong, pushball, shinney, shinny, tag

billiards, pool, pyramids, bagatelle; bowls, skittles, ninepins, kain, American bowls; tenpins [U.S.], bowling, tivoli.

cards, card games; whist, rubber; round game; loo, cribbage, besique, euchre, drole, ecarte, picquet, allfours, quadrille, ombeer, reverse, Pope Joan, commit; boston, boaston; vingtun; quinze, thirgy-one, put, speculation, connections, brag, cassino, lottery, commerce, snip-snap- snoren, 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, nap, penny-ante, poker, reversis, squeezers, old maid, fright, beggar-my-neighbor; baccarat.

ace, king, queen, knave, jack, joker; trump.

bower; right bower, left bower; dummy; jackpot; deck.

flush, full-house, straight; misere

chess, draughts, checkers, checquers, backgammon, dominos, merelles, nine men's morris, go bang, solitaire; game of fox and goose; loto

morra; gambling (chance) [more].

toy, plaything, bauble; doll (puppet ) [more]; teetotum; knickknack (trifle) [more]; magic lantern (show) [more]; peep show, puppet show, raree show, gallanty show; toy shop; "quips and cranks and wanton wiles, nods and becks and wreathed smiles" [Milton].

sportsman, gamester, reveler; master of ceremonies, master of revels; arbiter elegantiarum; arbiter bibendi, archer, fan [U.S.], toxophilite, turfman.

[Verbs] 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 [more]; 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 (leap) [more]; 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, 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.

[Adjectives] amusing, entertaining, diverting; recreative, lusory; pleasant (pleasing) [more]; laughable (ludicrous) [more]; witty [more]; festive, festal; jovial, jolly, jocund, roguish, rompish; playful, playful as a kitten; sportive, ludibrious.

amused; "pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw" [Pope]; laughing ; risible; ready to burst, ready to split, ready to die with laughter; convulsed with laughter.

[Adverbs] "on the light fantastic toe" [Milton], at play, in sport.

[Interjections] vive la bagatelle! vogue la galere!

[Phrases] deus nobis haec otia fecit; dum vivimus vivvamus; dulce est desipere in loco [Horace]; "(every room) hath blazed with lights and brayed with minstrelsy" [Timon of Athens]; misce stullitiam cnsiliis brevem [Horace].

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