noun \ˈhä-bē-ˌhrs\

: a subject that someone speaks about or complains about often

: a stick with a horse's head at one end that a child pretends to ride

Full Definition of HOBBYHORSE

a :  a figure of a horse fastened about the waist in the morris dance
b :  a dancer wearing this figure
obsolete :  buffoon
a :  a stick having an imitation horse's head at one end that a child pretends to ride
b :  rocking horse
c :  a toy horse suspended by springs from a frame
a :  a topic to which one constantly reverts
b :  2hobby

Examples of HOBBYHORSE

  1. Once he gets on his hobbyhorse and starts talking about taxes, you can't get him to discuss anything else.
  2. She's been riding that hobbyhorse for months.


hobby small light horse, from Middle English hoby, hobyn, perhaps from Hobbin, nickname for Robert or Robin
First Known Use: circa 1553


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