Definition of pastime in US English:



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

    ‘his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf’
    • ‘Take a break and relax by indulging in happy pastimes and sporty activity.’
    • ‘Baseball has been the national pastime in America for a hundred years or more.’
    • ‘One of his favourite pastimes was a spot of fishing on the River Suck near his home.’
    • ‘What differentiates literature from other human activities or pastimes?’
    • ‘He single-handedly took sailing from a gentle pastime into an athletic sport.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Solo football and individual cricket never took off as national pastimes either.’
    • ‘The game is so simple that many pubs stage it simply as an informal pastime rather than as a competitive game.’
    • ‘So what is happening to the game of baseball, one of America's favorite pastimes?’
    • ‘Football, cricket and tennis were pastimes; the contest with the quarry was a way of life.’
    • ‘Elk hunting is a national pastime in the country, and there is around one elk for every 30 people.’
    • ‘Sport to me is a pastime or activity where all of the people or animals enjoy the activity.’
    • ‘You could make new friends and discover an interesting pastime for the Winter.’
    • ‘Aesthetic pursuits, sporty activity and creative pastimes are rejuvenating.’
    • ‘Adults enjoyed many games and pastimes as we know from pictorial, literary and archaeological sources.’
    • ‘You are likely to indulge in happy pastimes and pleasurable activity.’
    • ‘Start with common hobbies or pastimes and delve just a bit deeper by asking about values and goals.’
    • ‘Target shooting is one of my favourite pastimes - as long as the target is not a living thing.’
    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.