hobby

1
[ hob-ee ]
/ ˈhɒb i /

noun, plural hob·bies.

an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving.
a child's hobbyhorse.
Archaic. a small horse.

Idioms for hobby

    ride a hobby, to concern oneself excessively with a favorite notion or activity.Also ride a hobbyhorse.

Origin of hobby

1
1325–75; Middle English hoby(n), probably for Robin, or Robert (cf. hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin

OTHER WORDS FROM hobby

hob·by·ist, nounhob·by·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hobbyist

  • So why is one considered fine art and the other the harmless pastime of a hobbyist?

    Art on the Tracks|Malcolm Jones|February 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • Dan's index finger failed to reach the trigger, for a guardian machine gun removed the hobbyist's head in a short efficient burst.

    Thy Rocks and Rills|Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • Glaring down at the hobbyist, Stonecypher gripped the staff and rotated thick wrists outward.

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  • The moment you become a tradesman you cease to be a hobbyist.

British Dictionary definitions for hobbyist (1 of 2)

hobby1
/ (ˈhɒbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation
archaic, or dialect a small horse or pony
an early form of bicycle, without pedals

Derived forms of hobby

hobbyist, noun

Word Origin for hobby

C14 hobyn, probably variant of proper name Robin; compare dobbin

British Dictionary definitions for hobbyist (2 of 2)

hobby2
/ (ˈhɒbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

any of several small Old World falcons, esp the European Falco subbuteo, formerly used in falconry

Word Origin for hobby

C15: from Old French hobet, from hobe falcon; probably related to Middle Dutch hobbelen to roll, turn
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