American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
- n. Any of several small falcons of the genus Falco, formerly used for catching small birds or game.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong active horse of medium size having an ambling gait; a pacing horse; a nag; a garran.
- n. Same as hobby-horse, 3.
- n. Any favorite object, pursuit, or topic; that which a person persistently pursues or dwells upon with zeal or delight, as if riding a horse.
- n. A small European falcon of the genus Falco and subgenus Hypotriorchis, H subbuteo. It is about 12 inches long, dark-brown above with the feathers edged with rufous, and white below with a rusty tinge and dark streaks. It is a true falcon, though undersized, and was formerly flown at small game, as larks. It is related to the merlin, F. æsalon, and to the American pigeon-hawk, II. columbarius; there are several varieties.
- n. A goose.
- n. A stupid fellow.
- n. Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco, especially Falco subbuteo.
- n. An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
- n. horses An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.
- n. A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag.
- n. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride.
- n. 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.
- n. an auxiliary activity
- n. small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds
- n. a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
- Shortened from hobby-horse, from Middle English hobyn, hobin ("small horse, pony"). The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of Robert or Robin (compare dobbin). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hobi, hobyn, small horse, hobby horse, perhaps from Hobin, Hobby, nickname for Robert.Middle English hobi, from Old French hobe, hobel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My main hobby is wagering on sports and I am okay at it and I do consider myself a sports bettor.”
“His main hobby is planting trees in his garden and then watching them grow, imagining what people will think of them in 100 years.”
“I am starting to cringe every time I hear the phrase "hobby farm.”
“His main hobby is seducing regular (read: non-porn star) women.”
“Currently my main hobby is my 12-week-old baby girl … apart fromsleep deprivationit puts me in perspective in general and forces me to ask time and again – ‘why would anyone give a damn about this???’”
“I can't say hobby - nothing I do gets done at a level that the term hobby seems to fit!”
“However, I can't imagine anyone actually using the term hobby career to apply to their own choice for themselves.”
“He takes an active part in the business community, being a Director of 8 Companies, and as a hobby is a Naturalist and Author of several works in that field.”
“Another one of her business, which she calls a hobby, is teaching girls to play volleyball.”
“Sewing, long denigrated by society as a "hobby", is actually quite fascinating, like a wearable puzzle: there are so many kinds of seams, so many intricate and complex ways of putting things together and turning them inside-out, that it is mind-twisting sometimes to understand what the result will be.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘hobby’.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
( personal list )
Bizarre stuff found there. Note that archaic terms are occasionally not spelled the way we spell them today; in these cases I've tried to link to the modernized spelling (where known) on the word p...
Words with the letter b within the word, not just as the initial or last letter.
Words I've come across while reading and looked up in the dictionary.
A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
Looking for tweets for hobby.