Definition of Hobby

1. Noun. An auxiliary activity.

Exact synonyms: Avocation, By-line, Pursuit, Sideline, Spare-time Activity
Generic synonyms: Interest, Pastime, Pursuit
Specialized synonyms: Spelaeology, Speleology
Derivative terms: Avocational, Hobbyist



2. Noun. A child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride.
Exact synonyms: Hobbyhorse, Rocking Horse
Generic synonyms: Plaything, Toy
Terms within: Rocker

3. Noun. Small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds.
Exact synonyms: Falco Subbuteo
Generic synonyms: Falcon
Group relationships: Falco, Genus Falco

Definition of Hobby

1. n. A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.

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

Definition of Hobby

1. Proper noun. (surname A=An English from=given names) ¹

2. Noun. An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. ¹

3. Noun. (context: horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby ¹

4. Noun. Any of four species of small falcons in the genus ''Falco'', especially ''Falco subbuteo''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hobby

1. a recreational pastime [n -BIES]

Medical Definition of Hobby

1. Origin: OE. Hobi; cf. OF. Hobe, hobe, F. Hobereau a hobby, a species of falcon. OF. Hober to move, stir. Cf. Hobby a horse. A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hobby

hobbled
hobbledehoy
hobbledehoyhood
hobbledehoys
hobbler
hobblers
hobbles
hobbleshaw
hobbleshaws
hobbletehoy
hobbletehoys
hobbling
hobblingly
hobblings
hobbly
hobby (current term)
hobby-horse
hobby-horses
hobby horse
hobby horses
hobbyhorse
hobbyhorses
hobbyhorsical
hobbyism
hobbyisms
hobbyist
hobbyistic
hobbyists
hobbyless
hobday

Literary usage of Hobby

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fritz-Gilbert Waters (1905)
"William hobby and his son Remington hobby, and now in the possession of the ... Wm hobby and Lucy Remington married Oct 21. 1734. Anne hobby born Ap. 15. ..."

2. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"The hobby-horse is represented by figure 5 of the plate subjoined to 1 Hen. ... Latterly the hobby-horse wns frequently omitted, which appears to have ..."

3. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"The hobby-horse is represented by figure 5 of the plate subjoined to 1 Hen. ... Latterly the hobby-horse was frequently omitted, which appears to Luve ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"Suit for Injunction, etc., by Mrs. Laney Ford against Jack hobby individually and us administrator of Jesse hobby, deceased, and others. ..."

5. Faiths and Folklore: A Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and by William Carew Hazlitt (1905)
"Shakespear, in " Hamlet," acted in 1602, makes his Anglo-Danish hero complain of the oblivion into which the hobby-horse had then fallen. ..."

6. Observations on Popular Antiquities Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our by John Brand, Henry Ellis (1900)
"THE hobby HORSE. Toilet, in his Description of the Morris dancers in his Window, is induced to think the famous hobby horse to be the King of the May, ..."

7. Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Chiefly by John Brand, Henry Ellis (1895)
"But who shall play the hobby-horse? Master Major? " Miles. I hope I looke as like a hobby-horse as Master Major. I have not liv'd to these yeares, ..."

8. Collections by Massachusetts Historical Society (1879)
"153) that Dudley's enemies prevailed upon Sir Charles hobby to go to England ... hobby was a gay man, a free liver, and of very different behar viour from ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Hobby on Dictionary.com!Search for Hobby on Thesaurus.com!Search for Hobby on Google!Search for Hobby on Wikipedia!