WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
hob•by1 /ˈhɑbi/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -bies. 
  1. an activity engaged in for pleasure or relaxation:stamp collecting and other hobbies.
hob•by•ist, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
hob•by1  (hobē),USA pronunciation  n., pl.  -bies. 
  1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation:Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving.
  2. a child's hobbyhorse.
  3. [Archaic.]a small horse.
  4. Idiomsride a hobby, to concern oneself excessively with a favorite notion or activity.
Also,  ride a hobbyhorse.  hobby•ist, n. 
hobby•less, adj. 
  • Middle English hoby(n), probably for Robin, or Robert (compare hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin 1325–75

hob•by2  (hobē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -bies. 
  • Birdsa small Old World falcon, Falco subbuteo, formerly flown at such small game as larks.
    • Middle Dutch hob(b)elen to turn, roll; compare Dutch hobbelen to rock, jolt (compare hobble)
    • Middle French hobé, suffixal variant of Middle French, Old French hobel (compare French hobereau), probably noun, nominal derivative of hobeler to skirmish, harass, perh.
    • late Middle English hoby 1400–50

    Hob•by  (hobē),USA pronunciation n.  Oveta Culp  (kulp),USA pronunciation born 1905, U.S. newspaper publisher and government official: first director of Women's Army Corps 1942–45;
    first Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare 1953–55.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    hobby /ˈhɒbɪ/ n ( pl -bies)
    1. an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation
    2. archaic or dialect a small horse or pony
    3. short for hobbyhorse
    4. an early form of bicycle, without pedals
    Etymology: 14th Century hobyn, probably variant of proper name Robin; compare dobbin

    ˈhobbyist n
    hobby /ˈhɒbɪ/ n ( pl -bies)
    1. any of several small Old World falcons, esp the European Falco subbuteo, formerly used in falconry
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French hobet, from hobe falcon; probably related to Middle Dutch hobbelen to roll, turn



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