Definition of pastime in English:

pastime

noun

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

    ‘his favourite pastimes were shooting and golf’
    • ‘Aesthetic pursuits, sporty activity and creative pastimes are rejuvenating.’
    • ‘You are likely to indulge in happy pastimes and pleasurable activity.’
    • ‘You could make new friends and discover an interesting pastime for the Winter.’
    • ‘Target shooting is one of my favourite pastimes - as long as the target is not a living thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Baseball has been the national pastime in America for a hundred years or more.’
    • ‘What differentiates literature from other human activities or pastimes?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adults enjoyed many games and pastimes as we know from pictorial, literary and archaeological sources.’
    • ‘Sport to me is a pastime or activity where all of the people or animals enjoy the activity.’
    • ‘Swimming is a national pastime, and the pools in every city are packed with swimmers.’
    • ‘Elk hunting is a national pastime in the country, and there is around one elk for every 30 people.’
    • ‘Gone is the person who would engage in a sport or activity as a pastime rather than a profession.’
    • ‘Solo football and individual cricket never took off as national pastimes either.’
    • ‘He single-handedly took sailing from a gentle pastime into an athletic sport.’
    • ‘Football, cricket and tennis were pastimes; the contest with the quarry was a way of life.’
    • ‘Start with common hobbies or pastimes and delve just a bit deeper by asking about values and goals.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    bug, thing
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

pastime

/ˈpɑːstʌɪm/