I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word "fun" too much. What are other ways to call something "fun" without using that word?

I'm trying to go beyond the thesaurus. I'm writing about an emotional response so I'm looking for similar words people like and respond to. Thanks for your help.

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  • What is fun? How does it make people feel? What is going on that someone says this is fun? Fun is a cop-out, par excellence - a platitude. Wiki begins its description of such. "A platitude is a trite,meaningless, or prosaic statement, generally directed at quelling social, emotional, or cognitive unease. Platitudes are geared towards presenting a shallow, unifying wisdom over a difficult topic. However, they are too overused and general to be anything more than undirected statements with ultimately little meaningful contribution towards a solution". Think, what do you mean by fun? – WS2 May 25 '16 at 17:08
  • Also compelling, enthralling, gripping, captivating, exciting, thrilling, etc. – calum_b May 25 '16 at 17:08
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    Writing advice is off topic. You might look at the guidelines for Writers stack exchange and see if your question would be on topic there. – MetaEd May 25 '16 at 17:45
  • This isn't really asking for writing advice. I'm looking for what other words people prefer using. A thesaurus is fine and I use it daily, but I wanted to expand. Since I'm writing about an emotion and emotional responses, I wanted more human input that what's in a thesaurus. – Colin Milroy May 25 '16 at 17:51

I think you can go into more detail when describing the fun experienced by describing how fun it is.

For example, engaging can be used to describe that its not only fun, but maintaining your interest. When I write, phrases like having a blast can also flavor the text beyond "it was fun" and evoke certain impressions in readers. I have also personally come into the habit of using words like enthralling or riveting to illustrate more gasp-worthy impressions.

As a general rule of thumb, when a reviewer describes things that are entertaining (or not), it is paramount to qualify those reactions with why said feelings are drawn out. "I had fun even when it wasn't my turn" seems weird and almost clinical compared to "I found myself awaiting every player's move with bated breath" when describing gameplay elements.


Use synonyms like:

Joy. Merry. Mirth. Having a good time. Having an enjoyable time, or even "enjoying yourself".

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