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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hobby
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
new
▪ Today I would like you to think about taking up a new interest or hobby.
▪ Montana said of his new hobby.
▪ She Dreamed up a new hobby for the Mayor, collecting antique paperweights, and made good use of them.
▪ My new hobby is particularly galling to my lovely wife, Ana.
▪ Read in studio Gardeners looking for something different are turning to a new hobby ... growing meat-eating plants.
▪ It was a whole new hobby for Loch.
▪ If what you have are true nichollsi then you are breaking new ground, as the species is new to the hobby.
other
▪ And a passion for two-wheels helps with her other hobby.
▪ And both of us have many other interests and hobbies.
▪ She enjoys horse riding with her sister Clare and her other hobbies are netball, swimming and drawing.
▪ His other hobby was home-made wine.
■ NOUN
horse
▪ Ah well, I can get down off my hobby horse now!
▪ They wore the motley coat of jesters and one of them was hopping around on a hobby horse.
▪ Alexandra saw a wooden hobby horse abandoned in the gloom, one wheel missing.
▪ Those hon. Members who take an interest in such matters will know that it is a hobby horse of mine.
▪ Even the hobby horse and the toy puppets had gone from the windows, leaving only the plastic holly behind.
■ VERB
become
▪ What had begun as a time saving essential has now become my hobby.
▪ This celebration of ghosts and goblins has now become a family hobby for the Flads.
▪ Taping your own sound effects is another interesting part of video movie making: it can become almost a hobby in itself.
▪ Back in Paris, I found other solar sail fans and promoting the concept became my hobby.
pursue
▪ This business gave him the time and money to pursue his hobby of microscopy to a highly professional level.
▪ In other cases, the composite career develops when some one pursues a hobby far enough to turn it into a business.
take
▪ In this extract Roddy's parents want him to take up a useful hobby: They tried to persuade him.
▪ The father of two had taken up the hobby 18 months ago and was a member of the Ince Blundell flying club.
▪ But paying £56,000 for a house from which to collect train numbers is taking a hobby too far.
▪ If the pressure becomes unbearable, take up a hobby, but make sure it is a suitable one.
Take a more active role at my children's school. 5. Take up a hobby just for me.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ I never saw my song-writing as anything more than a hobby until recently.
▪ My hobbies are wind-surfing and playing the guitar.
▪ My hobby is repairing antiques.
▪ Stamp collecting has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a child.
▪ When people retire, they often take up new hobbies and start to make new friends.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And a passion for two-wheels helps with her other hobby.
▪ If you have any non-work experience that is relevant, a hobby perhaps, mention this.
▪ It grows well under water and could be a valuable contribution to the hobby.
▪ Q: What hobbies do you have?
▪ So this was not the equivalent of a father wanting to pass on the passionate love of his hobby to his children.
▪ Soon friends were offering to buy Amanda's work, and she decided to turn her hobby into a business.
▪ The father of two had taken up the hobby 18 months ago and was a member of the Ince Blundell flying club.
▪ They tend to advertise in the appropriate specialist hobbies press and through the medium of direct mail.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
hobby

Hobby \Hob"by\, Hobbyhorse \Hob"by*horse`\, n. [OE. hobin a nag, OF. hobin hobby; cf. hober to stir, move; prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hoppe a mare, dial. Sw. hoppa; perh. akin to E. hop to jump.]

  1. A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag.
    --Johnson.

  2. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride. [ Usually under the form hobbyhorse.]

  3. A subject or plan upon which one is constantly setting off; a favorite and ever-recurring theme of discourse, thought, or effort; that which occupies one's attention unduly, or to the weariness of others; a ruling passion.

    Not one of them has any hobbyhorse, to use the phrase of Sterne.
    --Macaulay.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hobby

late 13c., hobyn, "small horse, pony," later "mock horse used in the morris dance," and c.1550 "child's toy riding horse," which led to hobby-horse in a transferred sense of "favorite pastime or avocation," first recorded 1670s, shortened to hobby by 1816. The connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere." Probably originally a proper name for a horse (see dobbin), a diminutive of Robert or Robin. The original hobbyhorse was a "Tourney Horse," a wooden or basketwork frame worn around the waist and held on with shoulder straps, with a fake tail and horse head attached, so the wearer appears to be riding a horse. These were part of church and civic celebrations at Midsummer and New Year's throughout England.

Wiktionary
hobby

Etymology 1 n. 1 An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. 2 (context horses English) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish%20Hobby Etymology 2

n. Any of four species of small falcons in the genus ''Falco'', especially ''Falco subbuteo''.

WordNet
hobby
  1. n. an auxiliary activity [syn: avocation, by-line, sideline, spare-time activity]

  2. a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride [syn: hobbyhorse, rocking horse]

  3. small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds [syn: Falco subbuteo]

Wikipedia
Hobby (disambiguation)

A hobby is an activity done regularly for pleasure.

Hobby may also refer to:

  • Hobby (surname)
  • Hobby (bird), a small, very swift falcon
  • Irish Hobby, a type of horse ridden by Hobelars in the Middle Ages
  • Hobby Airport, a public airport serving the Houston, Texas, area in the United States
  • Hobbyist, slang for a sex client soliciting online
Hobby

A hobby is a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies can include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. A list of hobbies is lengthy and always changing as interests and fashions change. By continually participating in a particular hobby, one can acquire substantial skill and knowledge in that area. Engagement in hobbies has increased since the late nineteenth century as workers have more leisure time and advancing production and technology have provided more support for leisure activities. As some hobbies have become less popular, like stamp collecting, others have been created following technological advances, like video games.

Hobbyists are a part of a wider group of people engaged in leisure pursuits where the boundaries of each group overlap to some extent. The Serious Leisure Perspective groups hobbyists with amateurs and volunteers and identifies three broad groups of leisure activity with hobbies being found mainly in the Serious leisure category.

a. Casual leisure is intrinsically rewarding, short-lived, pleasurable activity requiring little or no preparation

b. Serious leisure is the systematic pursuit of an amateur, hobbyist, or volunteer that is substantial, rewarding and results in a sense of accomplishment.

c. Project-based leisure is a short-term often a one-off project that is rewarding.

Hobby (bird)

A hobby is a fairly small, very swift falcon with long, narrow wings. There are four birds called hobby, and some others which, although termed falcon, are very similar. All specialise in being superb aerialists. Although they will take prey on the ground if the opportunity presents itself, most prey is caught on the wing; insects are often caught by hawking, and many different birds are caught in flight, where even the quick maneuvering swifts and swallows cannot escape a hobby.

The typical hobbies are traditionally considered a subgenusHypotriorchis due to their similar morphology: they have ample amounts of dark slaty grey in their plumage; the malar area is black and the underside usually has lengthwise black streaks. The tails are all-dark or have only slight bands (White et al. 1994).

Monophyly of Hypotriorchis is supported by DNA sequence data, though the exact limits of the group are still uncertain. The hobbies seem to be one of the Falco lineages which emerged around the Miocene- Pliocene boundary some 8-5 million years ago and subsequently radiated - in this case throughout the Old World. Their relationship to the peregrine falcon group and the kestrels is not well resolved, however; taxa like the red-footed falcon appear in some respects intermediate between the kestrels and the typical hobbies.

  • Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo), also known as the northern hobby.
  • African hobby (Falco cuvierii).
  • Oriental hobby (Falco severus).
  • Australian hobby or little falcon (Falco longipennis) is uncommon but widespread in Australia. During the southern winter, some birds migrate to the north of the continent or to the islands of South-east Asia.
  • Sooty falcon (Falco concolor) of the North African desert.
  • Eleonora's falcon (Falco eleonorae) occupies the Mediterranean area during the northern summer, and migrates south to Madagascar for the southern summer.

The following species are tentatively placed here:

  • New Zealand falcon or kārearea (Falco novaeseelandiae).
  • Brown falcon (Falco berigora)
  • Taita falcon (Falco fasciinucha)
Hobby (surname)

Hobby is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alfred Marmaduke Hobby (1836–1881), American merchant, politician, and poet, and Confederate States of America military officer
  • James H. Hobby (1835–1882), United States Navy officer for whom a U.S. Navy ship was named
  • Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995), American publisher, federal government official, and Women's Army Corps officer
  • Sir Philip Hobby, an alternative spelling for Sir Philip Hoby (1505–1558), sometimes also spelled Sir Philip Hobbye, an English ambassador
  • William M. Hobby, Jr., (1899–1942), United States Navy officer killed in action during World War II for whom a U.S. Navy ship was named
  • William P. Hobby (1878–1964), American publisher and politician and the father of William P. Hobby, Jr.
  • William P. Hobby, Jr. (born 1932), American publisher and politician and the son of William P. Hobby

Usage examples of "hobby".

My parents, to their credit, allowed me the full indulgence of my hobby, although my mother often worried about germs and fire from the kerosene I used to degrease the bones.

It delights those who recollect Bradley when they read his canonization as a philanthropist whose hobby was giving the rich a little divertisement denied them by the state of Florida.

Attired in a fluffy dressing gown, Sheila appeared at the door of the music parlor, where Durand was amusing himself with his favorite hobby.

Soon Ruth Fawcett was telling him about her work and her training and her childhood and her hobbies and her friends, and in fact everything about herself except her all-consuming love for Mr.

This is only a twisted hobby of mine and I will gleen no profit from its likes.

Roncesvalles and La Gloire awhile, and, instead of riding a war horse, canter along upon the hobby, or a good serviceable Canadian pony, the best of all hobbies for seeing the Canadian world, and on which mettlesome charger we can much better instruct the emigrant than by long prosings about political economy and systematic colonisation.

The political scientist and nerve specialist, torture was said to be one of his hobbies watched the dance with an evil smile on his knobbly face.

He therefore spent generously on Latchetts and on the horses that were his hobby.

Cooke line in the matter of household decoration, unless it was that he considered Mohair his own, private hobby, and that she humored him.

Anyone with a sense of self-preservation would fear Mordell and his unusual hobbies.

When Duke Nitral ascended the throne there, he decided to indulge his hobby.

He is believed to be one of the greatest living numismatologists, and he has given his life to his hobby.

Probyn Pybus was a philatelist, but with Sir Probyn philately was rather the hobby of a man who had spent his life in acquiring material things, and who was nearing the end of his possibilities.

Formerly a nursing assistant and phlebotomist, writing has been a longtime hobby.

To find why the jar said these things, I studied phonics, statistics -- at first it was a hobby.