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pas·time

 (păs′tīm′)
n.
An activity that occupies one's spare time pleasantly: Sailing is her favorite pastime.

[Middle English passe tyme, translation of French passe temps : passer, to pass + temps, time.]

pastime

(ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm)
n
(General Sporting Terms) an activity or entertainment which makes time pass pleasantly: golf is my favourite pastime.
[C15: from pass + time, on the model of French passe-temps]

pas•time

(ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs-)

n.
something, as a game, sport, or hobby, that serves to make time pass agreeably.
[1480–90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastime - a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)pastime - 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"
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

pastime

Translations
تَسْلِيَةٌتَسْلِيَه لِتَمْضِيَة الوَقْت
zábavakoníček
fritidsbeskæftigelsetidsfordriv
ajanviete
passe-tempspassetemps
razbibriga
dægrastytting, tómstundagaman
娯楽
오락
laika kavēklis
razvedrilo
fritidsnöje
งานอดิเรก
trò giải trí

pastime

[ˈpɑːstaɪm] Npasatiempo m

pastime

[ˈpɑːstaɪm] npasse-temps m inv
Her favourite pastime is knitting → Son passe-temps favori est le tricot.past master n (British) to be a past master at sth → être expert(e) en qch
to be a past master at doing sth → être passé(e) maître dans l'art de faire qch

pastime

nZeitvertreib m

pastime

[ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm] npassatempo

pastime

(ˈpaːstaim) noun
an occupation which one enjoys and takes part in during one's spare time; a hobby. Playing chess is his favourite pastime.

pastime

تَسْلِيَةٌ zábava tidsfordriv Zeitvertreib πάρεργο pasatiempo ajanviete passe-temps razbibriga passatempo 娯楽 오락 tijdverdrijf tidsfordriv rozrywka passatempo времяпрепровождение fritidsnöje งานอดิเรก uğraş trò giải trí 消遣

pastime

n pasatiempo
References in classic literature ?
Laurie's eyes followed her with pleasure, for she neither romped nor sauntered, but danced with spirit and grace, making the delightsome pastime what it should be.
Pontellier himself had no particular leaning toward horseracing, and was even rather inclined to discourage it as a pastime, especially when he considered the fate of that blue-grass farm in Kentucky.
You should study less, good sir, and take a little pastime, or these night whimsies will grow upon you.
I will import the chief portion of it into this book, partly because of its intrinsic interest, and partly because it gives such a vivid idea of what the perilous pastime of Alp-climbing is.
In summer the pet pastime of the boys of Dawson's Landing was to steal apples, peaches, and melons from the farmer's fruit wagons-- mainly on account of the risk they ran of getting their heads laid open with the butt of the farmer's whip.
Rochester was so willing to receive and looked so grateful for the pastime given him; you have noticed this?
What call'st thou solitude, is not the Earth With various living creatures, and the Aire Replenisht, and all these at thy command To come and play before thee, know'st thou not Thir language and thir wayes, they also know, And reason not contemptibly; with these Find pastime, and beare rule; thy Realm is large.
She looked upon his favorite art of painting as a pastime for amateur and a branch of the house-furnishing trade for professional artists.
He often allowed him to indulge in this pastime, but he had ordered his grand-vizir always to go with him, and never to lose sight of him.
The young King was devoted to hunting, and often indulged in his favourite pastime, attended by the noblest youths in his kingdom.
I told Don Fernando at parting, that as I was now his, he might see me on other nights in the same way, until it should be his pleasure to let the matter become known; but, except the following night, he came no more, nor for more than a month could I catch a glimpse of him in the street or in church, while I wearied myself with watching for one; although I knew he was in the town, and almost every day went out hunting, a pastime he was very fond of.
Meanwhile let us have some pastime under the greenwood tree.