- The definition of a pastime is a hobby or an enjoyable way that you pass the time.
Spending your leisure time reading books for pleasure is an example of a pastime.
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Origin: L Middle English passe tyme, translated, translation of French passe-temps
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Origin: Middle English passe tyme, translation of French passe temps : passer, to pass + temps, time.