Definitions for hobbyˈhɒb i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hob•byˈhɒb i(n.)(pl.)-bies.

  1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.

  2. a child's hobbyhorse.

  3. Archaic. a small horse.

Origin of hobby:

1325–75; ME hoby(n), prob. for Robin or Robert (cf. hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin


hob•byˈhɒb i(n.)(pl.)-bies.

  1. any of various small, very swift falcons, esp. Falco subbuteo, of Eurasia.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of hobby:

1400–50; late ME hoby < MF hobé, suffixal var. of MF, OF hobel

Princeton's WordNet

  1. avocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activity(noun)

    an auxiliary activity

  2. hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse(noun)

    a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride

  3. hobby, Falco subbuteo(noun)

    small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hobby(noun)ˈhɒb i

    an activity you do for fun in your free time

    Do you have any hobbies?


  1. hobby(Noun)

    An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.

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

  2. hobby(Noun)

    An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby

  3. hobby(Noun)

    Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco, especially Falco subbuteo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hobby(noun)

    a small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking

  2. Hobby(noun)

    alt. of Hobbyhorse


  1. Hobby

    A hobby is a regularly undertaken activity that is done for pleasure, typically, during one's leisure time. Hobbies can include: the collection of themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, along with many more examples. By continually participating in a particular hobby, one can acquire substantial skill and knowledge in that area. Generally speaking, a person who engages in an activity solely for fun is called an amateur, as opposed to a professional who engages in an activity for reward. An amateur may be as skilled as a professional, the principle difference being that a professional receives compensation while an amateur does not.

Translations for hobby

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something a person enjoys doing (usually frequently) in his/her spare time and not for pay

Stamp-collecting is a popular hobby.

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