1An activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.‘her hobbies are reading and gardening’
pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, leisure interest, amateur interest, sideline, diversion, avocation, divertissement, enthusiasmrecreation, relaxation, entertainment, amusementthingView synonyms
- ‘Also, it left him more time for his hobby of stamp collecting, which he had started during his school years.’
- ‘Take a course or find an activity or hobby that brings you pleasure and allows you to meet people.’
- ‘He counts horseback riding among his hobbies and has been known to ride up to 30 km in a single morning.’
- ‘She had many hobbies including gardening, knitting, reading and she always had time to chat to her neighbours.’
- ‘Focus on something that gives you pleasure - a hobby, a good book, or your favorite music.’
- ‘Spend time with your child and participate in his or her favorite activities or hobbies.’
- ‘Whether gradual or complete, retirement is improved by hobbies, activities, clubs, social causes, and volunteering.’
- ‘His hobbies include sporting activities, books, music and foreign languages.’
- ‘Well, does she have a hobby or activity that she could spend more time on?’
- ‘It asked questions about hobbies, activities and the sorts of people I preferred, as well as vocational interests.’
- ‘He has many other hobbies including reading and swimming.’
- ‘She reads a lot and one of her favourite hobbies is gardening.’
- ‘Help them find activities and hobbies they enjoy doing and are good at.’
- ‘Your mood will likely improve when you begin a hobby or recreational activity.’
- ‘This might be an opportune time to explore or return to hobbies, leisure activities or career pursuits.’
- ‘He became friendly with many people who had similar interests and whose love for ponies and horses was a shared hobby and way of life.’
- ‘However, out of all her many hobbies and activities, Philippa's greatest love was gardening.’
- ‘She gets a lot of time to indulge in her hobbies like gardening and reading, goes for walk and takes part in many other activities.’
- ‘Even if you don't make money from it, making it part of your leisure time as a hobby will add joy and fun to what you already do.’
- ‘To launch oneself on the hobby of birdwatching, it is necessary to have a good pair of binoculars.’
2archaic A small horse or pony.
Late Middle English hobyn, hoby, from nicknames for the given name Robin. Originally hobby (compare with dobbin), it later came to denote a toy horse or hobbyhorse, hence a pastime, something done for pleasure.
A migratory Old World falcon with long narrow wings, catching dragonflies and birds on the wing.
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French hobet, diminutive of hobe falcon.