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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
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If a taxpayer conducts herself professionally, keeps records, has a business plan (even an unwritten one), advertises (even minimally), can demonstrate expertise in her hobby activity, enjoys a good reputation in her field, and can demonstrate that her activity involves hard work and has mundane aspects, then the taxpayer stands a good chance of successfully defending the position that her hobby is a "business," even if she rarely, if ever, earns a profit.
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