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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.]
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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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The Brickyard, a store for hobbyists, revealed the new model in a Facebook post Sunday night, June 2.
From start to finish, Peter Rooke's newly revised, easy-to-follow narrative will impress and educate both new and experienced hobbyists with exhaustive coverage of the process.
Summary: San Francisco [USA], February 22 (ANI): Pinterest, the social networking platform that works on interests and pins for visual-based information that excites hobbyists and creative professionals, is reportedly eyeing for an IPO later-June.
'However, we also have the hobbyists which can have either high- or low-flying drones that can be very accessible for everyone to buy,' she said.
LEGO Ideas is an online forum that allows LEGO hobbyists from around the world to submit designs that are judged by the public.
Its innovation has fueled the company's staying power and created a good following of hobbyists and enthusiasts globally.
* Foodservice Hobbyists (15% of 25- to 64-year-olds): More than three-quarters say the food quality of away-from-home meals is very important.
This is an opportunity for the public to buy overstocked and leftover items from experienced hobbyists, dealers, and web vendors.
Summary: Hobbyists looking to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle in Dubai won't get a licence unless they a pass a test and that too with flying colours
A PROJECT has been launched looking at how drones could be used to benefit cities - to prove the technology can be used for more than just "toys for hobbyists".
PROJECTh b A PROJECT has been launched looking at how drones could be used to benefit cities - to prove the technology can be used for more than just as "toys for hobbyists".