Definition of pastime in English:



  • An activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby.

    ‘his favourite pastimes were shooting and golf’
    • ‘Swimming is a national pastime, and the pools in every city are packed with swimmers.’
    • ‘Gone is the person who would engage in a sport or activity as a pastime rather than a profession.’
    • ‘Football, cricket and tennis were pastimes; the contest with the quarry was a way of life.’
    • ‘Baseball has been the national pastime in America for a hundred years or more.’
    • ‘Solo football and individual cricket never took off as national pastimes either.’
    • ‘Sport to me is a pastime or activity where all of the people or animals enjoy the activity.’
    • ‘He single-handedly took sailing from a gentle pastime into an athletic sport.’
    • ‘Start with common hobbies or pastimes and delve just a bit deeper by asking about values and goals.’
    • ‘So what is happening to the game of baseball, one of America's favorite pastimes?’
    • ‘Take a break and relax by indulging in happy pastimes and sporty activity.’
    • ‘One of her favourite pastimes was walking and she came into contact with many residents in the Hillview area who came to know her well.’
    • ‘Elk hunting is a national pastime in the country, and there is around one elk for every 30 people.’
    • ‘You are likely to indulge in happy pastimes and pleasurable activity.’
    • ‘Aesthetic pursuits, sporty activity and creative pastimes are rejuvenating.’
    • ‘Target shooting is one of my favourite pastimes - as long as the target is not a living thing.’
    • ‘What differentiates literature from other human activities or pastimes?’
    • ‘The game is so simple that many pubs stage it simply as an informal pastime rather than as a competitive game.’
    • ‘One of his favourite pastimes was a spot of fishing on the River Suck near his home.’
    • ‘Adults enjoyed many games and pastimes as we know from pictorial, literary and archaeological sources.’
    • ‘You could make new friends and discover an interesting pastime for the Winter.’
    hobby, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, sport, game, recreation, amusement, avocation, diversion, divertissement, distraction, relaxation, pleasure, entertainment, fun, interest, sideline, enthusiasm, passion, fad, craze, mania, obsession
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Late 15th century: from the verb pass + time, translating French passe-temps.