I always find the expression "extra-curricular activities" very clumsy.

  • Could you please provide some examples? – tchrist May 16 '14 at 4:26
  • No. There seems to be no other expression that gives exactly the same meaning as 'extra-curricular activities'. It's not that clumsy, only a bit long. – Kris May 16 '14 at 6:28
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    Colloquially, sex is often a good, brief synonym. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 16 '14 at 12:55
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Where slut is just a euphemism for someone who has more sex than the speaker. :) – tchrist May 16 '14 at 16:25
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    What @JanusBahsJacquet says is true. However, it is also true that virtually all official language (and this is very official) can be used (and therefore has been used) as a euphemism for something that's taboo. One takes that for granted. Especially in writing, where there's no intonation to distinguish taboo uses from innocent ones. – John Lawler May 16 '14 at 16:46

Fun stuff. Hobbies. Outside activities. After school stuff. It would help to know the context, so as to know how formal it needs to be.


I've heard people who elide the activities, calling them extracurriculars.

  • extracurriculars means outside your career or daily routine. It has a different meaning outside the context. Just FYI for non-native speakers. – RyeɃreḁd May 16 '14 at 5:25

Sometimes they are referred to after school activities, you could just call them clubs and sports, maybe nonscholastic activities. You are talking about all activities that happen at a school outside of normal classes. Not sure there is a nice short word for this.


Supplementary education can also be a synonym as its an important part along with education.


No decurtated term was found, but extracurricular activity synonyms are:

  • after-school activity

  • extraclassroom activity

  • noncollegiate activity

  • nonscholastic activity

  • I said after-school and nonscholastic yesterday. The other two don't make sense. – RyeɃreḁd May 16 '14 at 16:36
  • Sorry but the thesaurus gave the definitions -your disagreement is with them. Also, I clearly stated all the thesaurus terms offered as a summary without edit to clarify the limited choice – Third News May 16 '14 at 17:04
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    So your answers are just copied from a thesaurus without context? What thesaurus gives you noncollegiate activity? – RyeɃreḁd May 16 '14 at 17:16
  • Question: "Does “extra-curricular activities” have a short term?" My answer: "No decurtated term was found" I hope this clarifies your confusion. :-) – Third News May 16 '14 at 17:35

I used to call it CCA (co-curricular activity).

  • That really doesn't look synonymous; co- and extra- don't mean the same thing. – Hellion Apr 18 '15 at 14:13

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