Hobby meaning

hŏbē
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The definition of a hobby is an activity that you enjoy doing for fun.

Sewing or reading is an example of a hobby.

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An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
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An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.

I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby.

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A small European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.
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(horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby.
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Something that one likes to do or study in one's spare time; favorite pastime or avocation.
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Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco, especially Falco subbuteo.
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An English surname​.
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Any of several small falcons of the genus Falco, formerly used for catching small birds or game.
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A medium-sized, vigorous horse.
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ride a hobby
  • To be excessively devoted to one's favorite pastime or subject.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hobby

  • Middle English hobi, hobyn small horse, hobby horse perhaps from Hobin, Hobby nickname for Robert

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hobi from Old French hobe, hobel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French hobet, from Medieval Latin hobētus, diminutive of hobe.

    From Wiktionary