hobby

1
[hob-ee]

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

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

Origin of hobby

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1325–75; Middle English hoby(n), probably for Robin, or Robert (cf. hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin
Related formshob·by·ist, nounhob·by·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hobbyist

Contemporary Examples of hobbyist

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

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    Art on the Tracks

    Malcolm Jones

    February 1, 2014

Historical Examples of hobbyist

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

  • Glaring down at the hobbyist, Stonecypher gripped the staff and rotated thick wrists outward.

    Thy Rocks and Rills

    Robert Ernest Gilbert

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hobbyist

hobby

1

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 Formshobbyist, noun

Word Origin for hobby

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

hobby

2

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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Word Origin and History for hobbyist
n.

1830, from hobby + -ist. Hobbyism is recorded from 1846.

hobby

n.

late 13c., hobyn, "small horse, pony," later "mock horse used in the morris dance," and c.1550 "child's toy riding horse," which led to hobby-horse in a transferred sense of "favorite pastime or avocation," first recorded 1670s, shortened to hobby by 1816. The connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere." Probably originally a proper name for a horse (cf. dobbin), a diminutive of Robert or Robin. The original hobbyhorse was a "Tourney Horse," a wooden or basketwork frame worn around the waist and held on with shoulder straps, with a fake tail and horse head attached, so the wearer appears to be riding a horse. These were part of church and civic celebrations at Midsummer and New Year's throughout England.

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