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hob·by 1

 (hŏb′ē)
n. pl. hob·bies
An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.

[Middle English hobi, hobyn, small horse, hobby horse, perhaps from Hobin, Hobby, nickname for Robert.]

hob′by·ist n.

hob·by 2

 (hŏb′ē)
n. pl. hob·bies
Any of several small falcons of the genus Falco, formerly used for catching small birds or game.

[Middle English hobi, from Old French hobe, hobel.]

hobby

(ˈhɒbɪ)
n, pl -bies
1. (Other Non-sporting Hobbies) an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation
2. (Animals) archaic or dialect a small horse or pony
3. short for hobbyhorse1
4. (Automotive Engineering) an early form of bicycle, without pedals
[C14 hobyn, probably variant of proper name Robin; compare dobbin]
ˈhobbyist n

hobby

(ˈhɒbɪ)
n, pl -bies
(Animals) any of several small Old World falcons, esp the European Falco subbuteo, formerly used in falconry
[C15: from Old French hobet, from hobe falcon; probably related to Middle Dutch hobbelen to roll, turn]

hob•by1

(ˈhɒb i)

n., pl. -bies.
1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.
2. a child's hobbyhorse.
3. Archaic. a small horse.
[1325–75; Middle English hoby(n), probably for Robin or Robert (compare hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin]
hob′by•ist, n.

hob•by2

(ˈhɒb i)

n., pl. -bies.
any of various small, very swift falcons, esp. Falco subbuteo, of Eurasia.
[1400–50; late Middle English hoby < Middle French hobé, suffixal variant of Middle French, Old French hobel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobby - an auxiliary activityhobby - an auxiliary activity    
pastime, pursuit, interest - a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly); "sailing is her favorite pastime"; "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
spelaeology, speleology - the pastime of exploring caves
2.hobby - a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockershobby - a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
rocker - a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro
3.hobby - small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birdshobby - small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae

hobby

noun pastime, relaxation, leisure pursuit, sideline, diversion, avocation, favourite occupation, (leisure) activity My hobbies are letter-writing, football, music, photography, and tennis.
Translations
هِوَايَةٌهِوايَه
hobbykoníček
hobby
hobioŝatokupo
harrastusnuolihaukka
hobi
kabasólyom
áhugamál; tómstundagaman
趣味
취미
arkliukashobismedinis arkliukasmėgstama temapamėgta tema
hobijs, vaļasprieks
koníček
konjiček
hobby
งานอดิเรก
sở thích

hobby

[ˈhɒbɪ] N (= leisure activity) → hobby m, pasatiempo m favorito
it's just a hobbyes sólo un pasatiempo
he began to paint as a hobbyempezó a pintar como hobby

hobby

[ˈhɒbi] nhobby m
What are your hobbies? → Quels sont tes hobbys?
Her hobby is paragliding → Son hobby c'est le parapente.
to do sth as a hobby → faire qch par hobbyhobby-horse [ˈhɒbihɔːrs] n
(= toy) (on broom handle)tête f de cheval (sur un manche) (= rocking horse) → cheval m à bascule
(fig) (= pet subject) → dada mhobnail boot [ˌhɒbneɪlˈbuːt] hobnailed boot [ˌhɒbneɪldˈbuːt] nchaussure f à semelle cloutée

hobby

nHobby nt, → Steckenpferd nt (dated)

hobby

[ˈhɒbɪ] nhobby m inv, passatempo (preferito)

hobby

(ˈhobi) plural ˈhobbies noun
something a person enjoys doing (usually frequently) in his/her spare time and not for pay. Stamp-collecting is a popular hobby.
hobby-horse (also hobbyhorse) noun
1. a stick with a wooden horse's head or a rocking horse as a child's toy.
2. one's favourite topic, idea or project.

hobby

هِوَايَةٌ hobby hobby Hobby χόμπι pasatiempo harrastus passe-temps hobi passatempo 趣味 취미 hobby hobby hobby hobby хобби hobby งานอดิเรก hobi sở thích 业余爱好

hobby

n (pl -bies) pasatiempo
References in classic literature ?
Bhaer soon joined her, looking rather out of his element, and presently several of the philosophers, each mounted on his hobby, came ambling up to hold an intellectual tournament in the recess.
I know that's a hobby of yours; well, the fact is, I like to see my horses hold their heads up.
Perhaps it's a good thing, Traddles,' said I, 'to have an unsound Hobby ridden hard; for it's the sooner ridden to death.
His specialty, as a man of affairs, had been marine law; and his hobby was the collection of rare books and old English engravings.
In spite of revolutionary principles, which made a hobby of republican honesty, the management of public business in those days was by no means clean.
When once Wolfert was mounted on his hobby,[1] it was no easy manner to get him out of the saddle.
It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of London.
But this is my special hobby, and the differences are equally obvious.
I have a sort of hobby about what they call 'phenomena of phosphorescence.
And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby.
And as each and all of them were warmed without by the sun, so each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in; some dream, some affection, some hobby, at least some remote and distant hope which, though perhaps starving to nothing, still lived on, as hopes will.
To take her out to lunch appeared to be his chief hobby.