hobby Definition

an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.

Using hobby: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hobby" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My hobby is playing the guitar.

  • Example

    She has a lot of hobbies, including painting and hiking.

  • Example

    He spends his weekends pursuing his hobby of photography.

hobby Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for hobby

Antonyms for hobby

Idioms Using hobby

  • to turn an activity into a hobby or pastime


    She made a hobby of gardening after she retired.

  • take up a hobby

    to start a new hobby or pastime


    He took up woodworking as a hobby last year.

  • to have a favorite topic or issue that one likes to talk about excessively


    His hobby horse is politics; he can talk about it for hours.

Phrases with hobby

  • the activity of gathering and accumulating items of a particular interest or type as a pastime


    He has been collecting stamps as a hobby since he was a child.

  • a small farm that is run for pleasure rather than for profit


    They bought a hobby farm to grow their own vegetables and raise animals.

  • a person who pursues a particular hobby


    The local photography club is open to both amateurs and hobbyists.

Origins of hobby

from Middle English 'hobi', meaning 'small horse, pony'


Summary: hobby in Brief

A 'hobby' [ˈhɒbi] is an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure. It includes activities like playing instruments, painting, and hiking. 'Hobby' extends into phrases like 'collecting as a hobby,' and idioms like 'make a hobby of something,' denoting turning an activity into a hobby, and 'have a hobby horse,' implying a favorite topic.

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