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noun (1)

hob·​by ˈhä-bē How to pronounce hobby (audio)
plural hobbies
: a small Old World falcon (Falco subbuteo) that is dark blue above and white below with dark streaking on the breast


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noun (2)

plural hobbies
: a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation
Writing is just a hobby of his.
Her hobbies include gardening and bird-watching.
hobbyist noun

Examples of hobby in a Sentence

Noun (2) his ranch is just a weekend hobby—he makes his real money as an investment banker
Recent Examples on the Web
Whether creatively or regarding your perception of happiness, this is an excellent time to consider your talents, hobbies and other pursuits that resonate with your heart’s desires. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 Such behavior can be upsetting or even traumatizing to the cosplayers and can keep them from returning to certain cons or even quit the hobby altogether. Meredith G. White, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hobby 

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English hoby, from Anglo-French hobel, hobé

Noun (2)

short for hobbyhorse

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hobby was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hobby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobby. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural hobbies
: an interest or activity to which a person devotes time for pleasure

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