[ pas-tahym, pahs- ]
/ ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs- /


something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport: to play cards as a pastime.

Origin of pastime

1480–90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pastime

/ (ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm) /


an activity or entertainment which makes time pass pleasantlygolf is my favourite pastime

Word Origin for pastime

C15: from pass + time, on the model of French passe-temps
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