What does hobby mean?

Definitions for hobby
ˈhɒb ihob·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. avocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activitynoun

    an auxiliary activity

  2. hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horsenoun

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

  3. hobby, Falco subbuteonoun

    small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds


  1. hobbynoun

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

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

  2. hobbynoun

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

  3. hobbynoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hobbynoun

    Etymology: hobereau, French.

    They have such a hovering possession of the Valtoline, as an hobby hath over a lark. Francis Bacon.

    The common people will chop like trouts at an artificial fly, and dare like larks under the awe of a painted hobby. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    Larks lie dar’d to shun the hobby ’s flight. Dryden.

    Those grave contenders about opiniative trifles look like aged Socrates upon his boy’s hobby horse. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 27.

    As young children, who are try’d in
    Go-carts, to keep their steps from sliding,
    When members knit, and legs grow stronger,
    Make use of such machine no longer;
    But leap pro libitu, and scout
    On horse call’d hobby, or without. Matthew Prior.

    No hobby horse, with gorgeous top,
    Could with this rod of Sid compare. Jonathan Swift.

    I have studied eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which these hobby horses must not hear. William Shakespeare.


  1. Hobby

    A hobby is considered to be a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. Participation in hobbies encourages acquiring substantial skills and knowledge in that area. A list of hobbies changes with renewed interests and developing fashions, making it diverse and lengthy. Hobbies tend to follow trends in society, for example stamp collecting was popular during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as postal systems were the main means of communication, while video games are more popular nowadays following technological advances. The advancing production and technology of the nineteenth century provided workers with more leisure time to engage in hobbies. Because of this, the efforts of people investing in hobbies has increased with time. Hobbyists may be identified under three sub-categories: casual leisure which is intrinsically rewarding, short-lived, pleasurable activity requiring little or no preparation, serious leisure which is the systematic pursuit of an amateur, hobbyist, or volunteer that is substantial, rewarding and results in a sense of accomplishment, and finally project-based leisure which is a short-term, often one-off, project that is rewarding.


  1. hobby

    A hobby is an activity or interest that someone does for pleasure, relaxation, or entertainment during their free time. It is usually done out of interest, enthusiasm, or passion rather than for financial gain or professional reasons. This could include a wide range of activities such as painting, gardening, reading, knitting, playing a musical instrument, or collecting items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hobbynoun

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

  2. Hobbynoun

    alt. of Hobbyhorse

  3. Etymology: [OE. hobi; cf. OF. hobe, hob, F. hobereau a hobby, a species of falcon. OF. hober to move, stir. Cf. Hobby a horse.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hobby

    hob′i, n. a strong, active horse: a pacing horse: a subject on which one is constantly setting off, as in 'to ride' or 'to mount a hobby:' a favourite pursuit.—n. Hobb′y-horse, a stick or figure of a horse on which boys ride: one of the chief parts played in the ancient morris-dance: (Shak.) a term of contempt for a loose and frivolous person, male or female.—adj. Hobb′y-hor′sical, having a hobby: eccentric.—ns. Hobb′yism; Hobb′yist, one who rides a hobby.—adj. Hobb′yless. [M. E. hobyn, hoby, prob. Hob, a by-form of Rob. Hence also O. Fr. hobin, hobi (Fr. aubin).]

  2. Hobby

    hob′i, n. a small species of falcon. [O. Fr. hobé, hobet—Low L. hobetus; prob. O. Fr. hober, to move.]

Editors Contribution

  1. hobby

    An activity experienced for joy, pleasure or love.

    My sisters hobby is making small toys from a variety of materials, she sits for hours in the garden shed and puts so much time and effort, she then gives them to the local charity shop, they love them and sell them regularly and look forward to seeing her.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 5, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOBBY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hobby is ranked #11122 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hobby surname appeared 2,851 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hobby.

    86.9% or 2,478 total occurrences were White.
    9% or 257 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hobby in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hobby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hobby in a Sentence

  1. Herbert Samuel:

    Democracy is like a hobby horse: It will carry you nowhere unless you use your own legs.

  2. Bob Ross:

    I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn't know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.

  3. George Bryan:

    The goal is really to use this to help our pro golf careers out, but at the same time we view this as a hobby, we both enjoy it, and when we do have an off week, it's good to get out minds off tournament golf and there's no better outlet to be creative than trying some trick shots out and seeing how far we can take it.

  4. Linus Torvalds:

    I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    American moves forward when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own healthcare choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employers like Hobby Lobby.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
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