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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 ?
I fancy, that reading is not merely a pastime when it is apparently the merest pastime, but that a certain measure of mind-stuff is used up in it, and that if you are using up all the mind stuff you have, much or little, in some other way, you do not read because you have not the mind-stuff for it.
Of course, yacht racing is an organized pastime, a function of social idleness ministering to the vanity of certain wealthy inhabitants of these isles nearly as much as to their inborn love of the sea.
Their festivals were fast days, and their chief pastime the singing of psalms.
The Swede is adept at the gentle pastime of fishing in troubled waters.
Moreover, he felt certain that Yashvin, as it was, took no delight in gossip and scandal, and interpreted his feeling rightly, that is to say, knew and believed that this passion was not a jest, not a pastime, but something more serious and important.
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.
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.
The young King was devoted to hunting, and often indulged in his favourite pastime, attended by the noblest youths in his kingdom.
The king, however, who sought distraction, while traveling as fast as possible--for he was anxious to be in Paris by the twenty-third--stopped from time to time to fly the magpie, a pastime for which the taste had been formerly inspired in him by De Luynes, and for which he had always preserved a great predilection.
One's safest course that day was to clasp a railing and hang on; walking was too precarious a pastime.
Oh no, we are good friends with him," said Nicholas in the simplicity of his heart; it did not enter his head that a pastime so pleasant to himself might not be pleasant to someone else.
Have you taken it up for a pastime, or - to earn money?