- The definition of a hobby is an activity that you enjoy doing for fun.
Sewing or reading is an example of a hobby.
This womans' hobby is knitting.
- Archaic a medium-sized, vigorous horse
Origin of hobby< hobbysense , with notions as in phrase ride a hobby something that one likes to do or study in one's spare time; favorite pastime or avocation
Origin of hobbyMiddle English hobi ; from hobin, diminutive of Robert, Robert
ride a hobby
Origin of hobbyMiddle English hobi ; from Old French hobei, hobel, diminutive of hobe, a hawk ; from Dutch hobben, to move back and forth, akin to hop
Origin of hobbyMiddle English hobi, hobyn, small horse, hobby horse, perhaps from Hobin, Hobby, nickname for Robert.
Origin of hobbyMiddle English hobi, from Old French hobe, hobel.
- An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
- I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby.
- (horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby
- hobbyhorse noun
Shortened from hobby-horse, from Middle English hoby, hobyn, hobin (“small horse, pony”), from Old French hobi, *haubi, haubby, hobin ("a nag, hobby"; > Modern French aubin, Italian ubino), of Germanic origin: from Old French hober, ober (“to stir, move”), from Old Dutch hobben (“to toss, move up and down”); or from North Germanic origin related to Danish hoppe (“a mare”), Old Swedish hoppa (“a young mare”), North Frisian hoppe (“horse”); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *huppōną (“to hop”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewb- (“to bend; a bend, joint”). More at hop, hobble.
The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of Robert or Robin (compare dobbin).
- An English surname.