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hobby

noun hob·by \ ˈhä-bē \

Definition of hobby

plural hobbies
: a small Old World falcon (Falco subbuteo) that is dark blue above and white below with dark streaking on the breast

Origin and Etymology of hobby

Middle English hoby, from Anglo-French hobel, hobé


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hobby

noun

Definition of hobby

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

play \ˈhä-bē-ist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of hobby

short for hobbyhorse


HOBBY Defined for Kids

hobby

noun hob·by \ ˈhä-bē \

Definition of hobby for Students

plural hobbies
: an interest or activity engaged in for pleasure


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