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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

Recent Examples on the Web
In practicing positive solitude, individuals often engage in activities that promote self-awareness, creativity and inner peace, such as meditation, journaling, pursuing hobbies or simply enjoying quiet contemplation. Mark Travers, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Not every spouse’s weird hobby actually gets the house clean rather than filling up its corners, say, with home-brewing kits, exotic birds or old plastic bags full of yarn. John Hodgman, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Discuss summer camps and school stuff, friends and hobbies. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Plenty of people see their passions and hobbies as essential to their self-care routine, and others use their condition to inspire their work. Anna Borges, SELF, 12 Feb. 2024 This separation of work, leisure and hobbies is gone in the age of the algorithm, Varoufakis argues. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune Europe, 11 Feb. 2024 Snowboarding isn’t just a hobby or sport for the 25-year-old, it’s become his day job and sole income. Kyre Johnson, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 Special ed teacher Name three of your favorite hobbies: Singing! Dalton Ross, EW.com, 5 Feb. 2024 While aquascaping produces stunning aquatic landscapes rich in color and texture, for lovers of the hobby, aquascaping is about more than just aesthetics. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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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 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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