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1‘I joined in with the fun’
pleasure, entertainment, enjoyment, amusement, excitement, gratification
leisure, relaxation, relief, respite, rest, refreshment
recreation, diversion, distraction
good time, great time
informal R and R, R and R rest and recreation, living it up, junketing, a ball, whoopee, beer and skittles
2‘he plays the role with an infectious sense of fun’
merriment, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheer, joy, jollity, joviality, jocularity, high spirits, gaiety, mirth, mirthfulness, laughter, hilarity, glee, gladness, light-heartedness, levity
vivacity, liveliness, exuberance, ebullience, buoyancy, perkiness, zest, sunniness, brightness, enthusiasm, vibrancy, vividness, vitality, energy, vigour, vim
3‘he became a figure of fun in the music press’
ridicule, derision, mockery, laughter, scorn, scoffing, contempt
joking, jokes, jesting, jeering, sneering, jibing, teasing, taunting, ragging, lampooning
1‘a fun evening out’
enjoyable, amusing, diverting, pleasurable, pleasing, agreeable, interesting
2‘a smart, fun girl’
entertaining, lively, amusing, fun-loving, witty, convivial, clubbable
cavorting, clowning about, clowning around, fooling around, horseplay, play, playfulness, tomfoolery, buffoonery, mischief
revels, frolics, revelry, larks, antics, high jinks
‘the teasing was all in fun’
playful, in jest, joking, jokey, as a joke, tongue in cheek, light-hearted, high-spirited, unserious, facetious, flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, for a laugh
to tease, teasing, bantering, whimsical
in earnest, serious
‘it is easy to make fun of politicians’
taunt, poke fun at, chaff, tease, make jokes about, ridicule, mock, laugh at, guy, mimic, parody, caricature, lampoon, satirize, rag, quiz, be sarcastic about, deride, scoff at, jeer at, jibe at
take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, wind up, pull someone's leg, make a monkey of
goof on, rag on, pull someone's chain, razz
poke mullock at, sling off at
make sport of
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