Origin of pastimeLate Middle English passe tyme, translated, translation of French passe-temps
Reading is a fun pastime.
Spending your leisure time reading books for pleasure is an example of a pastime.
Origin of pastimeMiddle English passe tyme translation of French passe temps passer to pass temps time
(third-person singular simple present pastimes, present participle pastiming, simple past and past participle pastimed)
From Middle English passe tyme, calqued on Middle French passe-temps.
- As it is now, war is the favorite pastime of the idle and frivolous.
- Falconry was long a pastime of the Moslem landlords.
- The composition of didactic, lyrical and elegiac poetry also was the accomplishment and pastime of an educated dilettante class, the only extant specimens of any interest being some of the Silvae of Statius.
- The pastime found favour with the Stuarts.
- He was known to be truthful, upright and God-fearing; if he had neglected his studies it was to devote himself to manly sports and exercises; and in the pursuit of his favourite pastime, bear-hunting, he had already given proofs of the most splendid courage.