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  1. a stick with a horse's head, or a rocking horse, ridden by children.
  2. a figure of a horse, attached at the waist of a performer in a morris dance, pantomime, etc.
  3. a pet idea or project.

Origin of hobbyhorse

First recorded in 1550–60; hobby1 + horse
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Related Words for hobbyhorse

hobby, cockhorse, hobbyhorse

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British Dictionary definitions for hobbyhorse


  1. a toy consisting of a stick with a figure of a horse's head at one end
  2. another word for rocking horse
  3. a figure of a horse attached to a performer's waist in a pantomime, morris dance, etc
  4. a favourite topic or obsessive fixed idea (esp in the phrase on one's hobbyhorse)
  1. (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to pitch violently

Word Origin for hobbyhorse

C16: from hobby 1, originally a small horse, hence sense 3; then generalized to apply to any pastime
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