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pastime Syllabification: pas·time
Pronunciation: /ˈpasˌtīm/

Definition of pastime in English:


An activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby: his favorite 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.
hobby, leisure activity/pursuit, sport, game, recreation, amusement, diversion, avocation, entertainment, interest, sideline


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

Words that rhyme with pastime

pantomime • ragtime

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