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[pas-tahym, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs-/
something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport:
to play cards as a pastime.
Origin of pastime
1480-90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps
entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation. Unabridged
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  • None of these considerations would matter much if college rankings were a harmless pastime.
  • The national pastime was no longer a game for the purists.
  • Many lament the control of indigenous species to protect this pastime.
  • The trade has become highly technical, meaning only devoted professionals can earn a living from once was the pastime of priests.
  • That's a myth, say physicists studying the national pastime.
  • Arguing over who's the better player is as much a pastime as baseball itself.
  • Non-native species introduction is a national pastime.
  • His main pastime seems to be playing penny slots in the wee hours of the morning.
  • Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few.
  • The next time you travel, engage the locals in their national pastime.
British Dictionary definitions for pastime


an activity or entertainment which makes time pass pleasantly: golf is my favourite pastime
Word Origin
C15: from pass + time, on the model of French passe-temps
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Word Origin and History for pastime

late 15c., passe tyme "recreation, diversion, amusement, sport," from pass (v.) + time (n.). Formed on model of Middle French passe-temps (15c.), from passe, imperative of passer "to pass" + temps "time."

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