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hob·by 1

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

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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobbyist - a person who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure
amateur - someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
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