hobby

noun (1)
hob·​by | \ ˈhä-bē How to pronounce hobby (audio) \
plural hobbies

Definition of hobby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hobby

noun (2)
plural hobbies

Definition of hobby (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

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Noun (2)

hobbyist \ ˈhä-​bē-​ist How to pronounce hobby (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for hobby

Synonyms: Noun (2)

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First Known Use of hobby

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hobby

Noun (1)

Middle English hoby, from Anglo-French hobel, hobé

Noun (2)

short for hobbyhorse

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

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“Hobby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobby. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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hobby

noun
hob·​by | \ ˈhä-bē How to pronounce hobby (audio) \
plural hobbies

Kids Definition of hobby

: an interest or activity engaged in for pleasure

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