(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Pleasurable interest
1. amusement, entertainment; diversion, divertissement, distraction; recreation, hobby, avocation, relaxation, pastime, sport; labor of love, pleasure; night life; time of one's life.
2. (something amusing) fun, frolic, good time(s); laughter (See rejoicing), drollery, tomfoolery, mummery; pleasantry (See wit). Informal, laughs, ball, picnic. See cheerfulness.
3. (amusing actions) play, game, gambol, romp, prank, antic, caper, dido, knavery, rascality, roguery, lark, escapade, spree, skylarking; monkeyshine, monkey trick, practical joke. Informal, shenanigan.
4. festivity, revelry, merrymaking (See sociality); fete, festival, gala, revel (See drinking), carnival, Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, brawl, saturnalia, high jinks; banquet, wassail, carouse, carousal; picnic, field day; jubilee (See celebration). Slang, jamboree, blowout.
5. (location for amusement) theater, ballroom, music hall, nightclub, honky-tonk, discotheque; circus, big top; park, common(s), arbor, bowling green or alley, rink, casino, fairground, fun fair, amusement park, theme park, water park, resort, watering place; midway, boardwalk; playground, gymnasium, playroom. See arena, drama.
6. game[s]:
a. billiards, pool, snooker; pool table, bumper, chalk, crutch, lady's helper (inf.), rack; cue ball; carom, English, bank shot, table scratch, pocket.
b. chess, chessman, piece, pawn, knight, bishop, rook, castle, queen, king; castle, end game, stalemate, check.
c. backgammon, point, bar, home, inner or outer board, checker, blot.
d. checkers, draughts, queen.
e. dominoes, bone, muggins, sniff.
f. cards; playing card, ace, king, queen, jack, knave, joker, two-(etc.)spot, deuce, trey; [auction, duplicate, rubber or contract] bridge, whist, blackjack, canasta, casino, pinochle, bézique, rummy, cribbage, eights, [draw or stud] poker, écarté, euchre, fan tan, five hundred, gin rummy, go fish, hearts, hazard, I doubt it, jass, kal-abriâs, loo, macao, michigan, napoleon, Oh Hell, old maid, piquet, pitch, samba, sevens, skat, spoil five, stops, triomphe, concentration, solitaire, war, Uno.
g. gambling; craps, roulette, etc. (See chance).
h. (indoor games) Scrabble, Chinese checkers, go, pachisi, Othello, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, etc.; anagrams, bingo, cat's cradle, darts, jacks, musical chairs, pachinko, post office, skittle, tic-tack-toe.
i. (parlor games) categories, ghosts, charades, geography, animals, etc.; spin the bottle. Slang, car or train surfing; doctors and nurses.
j. (electronic games) Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Playstation, Xbox; asteroids, flight simulator, Myst, Pac-Man, Sim City, etc.
k. (outdoor games) Frisbee, rollerskating, Rollerblading; hopscotch, jump rope, leapfrog, hide and seek, tug-of-war, ring around the rosie, capture the flag; badminton, croquet, curling, horseshoes, miniature golf, quoits, shuffleboard, trapshooting.
7. fishing, hunting; aquatics, swimming; sports; paintball (See contention).
8. (item for amusement)
a. toy, plaything, bauble, top; Erector set, Etch A Sketch, jack-in-the-box, jigsaw puzzle, yo-yo, pinwheel, Slinky, squirt gun, water pistol, Silly Putty; model train, airplane, etc.
b. doll, Raggedy Ann or Andy doll, teddy bear, marionette, puppet, toy or tin soldier, action figure; hula hoop; Frisbee, beachball, beanbag; teetotum, knickknack; dollhouse.
c. merry-go-round, carousel, whirligig, Ferris wheel, roller coaster; jungle gym, rocking horse, teeter-totter, seesaw, slide, swing; water slide; skateboard, sled; bicycle (See vehicle).
d. jacks, blocks, marbles.
9. entertainment industry, show business; Hollywood, Broadway, television, radio, etc.
10. master of ceremonies, emcee, MC, entertainment or social director, host.
1. amuse, entertain, divert, distract, recreate, delight, titillate.
2. amuse oneself; play (games, pranks, tricks, etc.); sport, disport, toy, revel, drown care; make merry, drive dull care away; frolic, gambol, frisk, romp, caper; sow one's wild oats, have one's fling, live it up, cut up; fool, mess, play, or monkey around; take one's pleasure; make holiday, go a-Maying, while away the time, kill time, dally; step out, have fun, have a ball or a time, cut a caper, horse around, paint the town [red], let the good times roll, carry on, cut loose, whoop it up, make a night of it, go to town, let one's hair down, blow or let off steam, roister. Slang, cut up, make whoopee, futz around; dick or screw around.
1. (causing amusement) amusing, entertaining, fun, diverting, recreative; festive; roguish, rompish, frisky, frolicsome, playful [as a kitten], sportive.
2. (result of amusement) amused, entertained, diverted, etc.
Adverbs — on the town; for fun, for the devil of it, for kicks.
Quotations — Life would be tolerable but for its amusements (George Lewis), Suppose entertainment is the Purpose of Life! (Philip Roth).
Antonyms, See weariness, pain.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. recreation, pastime, diversion; see entertainment 1 , 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
entertainment, diversion, pleasure, pastime, distraction, enjoyment, fun, sport, game, play, merriment, *laughs, *jollies. ''A metaphysical trick to deceive our anguish.''—Jean De Menasce.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being amused: entertainment, recreation. See EXCITE. 2. Something, especially a performance or show, designed to entertain: distraction, diversion, entertainment, recreation. See EXCITE.

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