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ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs-pas·time

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pastime, interest, pursuitnoun

    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)

    "sailing is her favorite pastime"; "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"


  1. pastimenoun

    That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; as, that great American pastime, baseball.


  1. pastimenoun

    That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; games

  2. pastimeverb

    To sport; to amuse oneself.

  3. Etymology: passe tyme, calqued on passe-temps.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pastimenoun

    Sport; amusement; diversion.

    Etymology: pass and time.

    It was more requisite for Zelmane’s hurt to rest, than sit up at those pastimes; but she, that felt no wound but one, earnestly desired to have the pastorals. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    I’ll be as patient as a gentle stream,
    And make a pastime of each weary step,
    ’Till the last step has brought me to my love. William Shakespeare.

    Pastime passing excellent,
    If husbanded with modesty. William Shakespeare.

    With these
    Find pastime, and bear rule; thy realm is large. John Milton.

    A man, much addicted to luxury, recreation and pastime, should never pretend to devote himself entirely to the sciences, unless his soul be so refined, that he can taste these entertainments eminently in his closet. Isaac Watts.


  1. pastime

    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. pastime

    A pastime is an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment or to occupy their spare time, rather than for a serious purpose or a job. It usually refers to hobbies, sports, or other recreational activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pastimenoun

    that which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion

  2. Pastimeverb

    to sport; to amuse one's self

  3. Etymology: [Pass + time: cf. F. passetemps.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pastime

    pas′tīm, n. that which serves to pass away the time: amusement: recreation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pastime in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pastime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pastime in a Sentence

  1. Lee Moon:

    This appears to be remarkably poor judgement from Tesco, fox hunting is an illegal, archaic pastime that's abhorred by the majority of the population.

  2. Laura Bush:

    I was shocked, george had never even looked at art…he read Churchill’s little essay ‘Painting as a Pastime,’ and at the same time he got an app on his iPad where he could draw stick figures; when he was on the road he’d draw himself at a podium giving a speech, sending it to me, and somehow he started thinking about becoming a painter.

  3. Hunter S. Thompson:

    There is a progression of understanding vis-?-vis pro football that varies drastically with the factor of distance -- physical, emotional, intellectual and every other way. Which is exactly the way it should be, in the eyes of the amazingly small number of people who own and control the game, because it is this finely managed distance factor that accounts for the high-profit mystique that blew the sacred institution of baseball off its national pastime pedestal in less than fifteen years.

  4. Ivette Rodriguez:

    This is such a moment for us to celebrate as a community and, you know, it's a big deal, america is going to see three Latinas on the most important American pastime.

  5. Robert Benchley:

    Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people.

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