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pastime

Line breaks: pas|time
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːstʌɪm
 
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Definition of pastime in English:

noun

An activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby: his favourite pastimes were shooting and golf
More example sentences
  • Gone is the person who would engage in a sport or activity as a pastime rather than a profession.
  • You are likely to indulge in happy pastimes and pleasurable activity.
  • Swimming is a national pastime, and the pools in every city are packed with swimmers.
Synonyms
hobby, leisure activity/pursuit, sport, game, recreation, amusement, avocation, diversion, divertissement, distraction, relaxation, pleasure, entertainment, fun, interest, sideline, enthusiasm, passion, fad, craze, mania, obsession
informal bug, thing

Origin

late 15th century: from the verb pass1 + time, translating French passe-temps.

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