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hobby1

Syllabification: hob·by
Pronunciation: /ˈhäbē
 
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noun (plural hobbies)

1An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure: her hobbies are reading and gardening
More example sentences
  • This might be an opportune time to explore or return to hobbies, leisure activities or career pursuits.
  • Take a course or find an activity or hobby that brings you pleasure and allows you to meet people.
  • However, out of all her many hobbies and activities, Philippa's greatest love was gardening.
Synonyms
pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit;
sideline, side interest, diversion, avocation;
recreation, entertainment, amusement
2 archaic A small horse or pony.
2.1 historical An early type of velocipede.

Origin

late Middle English hobyn, hoby, from nicknames for the given name Robin. Originally sense 2 (compare with dobbin), it later came to denote a toy horse or hobbyhorse, hence 'a pastime, something done for pleasure'.

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  • In medieval times men and boys given the name Robin were sometimes known as Hobin or Hobby, in much the same way that today they might be called Bob or Bobby. This became a pet term for a pony, just as Dobbin—also from Robin—was used for a carthorse. This gave us the hobby horse (mid 16th century), a figure of a horse made of wickerwork and worn over the head in a Morris dance or pantomime. Later it became a stick with a horse's head, for a child to ride when playing. The connection with pleasure or play led to the use of hobby horse for what we now call a hobby. Since the early 19th century hobby has taken over this sense and hobby horse now usually means ‘a preoccupation or favourite topic’. The hob in hobgoblin (mid 16th century) is also from a pet form of Robin or Robert.

Words that rhyme with hobby

Bobbie, bobby, Gobbi, knobby, lobby, snobby, swabbie

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hobby2

Syllabification: hob·by
Pronunciation: /ˈhäbē
 
/

noun (plural hobbies)

A migratory Old World falcon with long narrow wings, catching dragonflies and birds on the wing.
  • Genus Falco, family Falconidae: four species, e.g., the (northern) hobby (F. subbuteo) of Eurasia
Example sentences
  • Finally, the honey buzzards, young griffon vultures and hobbies mark the end of the spring or prenuptial migration, around the end of June.
  • This is a hobby, a bird that is extremely fast and acute in flight reaching speeds of up to 200 km/h.
  • The hobby is essentially an insect eater.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French hobet, diminutive of hobe 'falcon'.

More
  • In medieval times men and boys given the name Robin were sometimes known as Hobin or Hobby, in much the same way that today they might be called Bob or Bobby. This became a pet term for a pony, just as Dobbin—also from Robin—was used for a carthorse. This gave us the hobby horse (mid 16th century), a figure of a horse made of wickerwork and worn over the head in a Morris dance or pantomime. Later it became a stick with a horse's head, for a child to ride when playing. The connection with pleasure or play led to the use of hobby horse for what we now call a hobby. Since the early 19th century hobby has taken over this sense and hobby horse now usually means ‘a preoccupation or favourite topic’. The hob in hobgoblin (mid 16th century) is also from a pet form of Robin or Robert.

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