Pastime meaning

păstīm
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An activity that occupies one's spare time pleasantly.

Sailing is her favorite pastime.

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A way of spending spare time pleasantly; anything done for recreation or diversion, as a hobby.
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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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(intransitive, obsolete) To sport; to amuse oneself.
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That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; games.

Chatting is a pleasant pastime.

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Origin of pastime

  • Middle English passe tyme translation of French passe temps passer to pass temps time

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

  • From Middle English passe tyme, calqued on Middle French passe-temps.

    From Wiktionary