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hobby1

[hob-ee] /ˈhɒb i/
noun, plural hobbies.
1.
an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation:
Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving.
2.
a child's hobbyhorse.
3.
Archaic. a small horse.
Idioms
4.
ride a hobby, to concern oneself excessively with a favorite notion or activity.
Also, ride a hobbyhorse.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English hoby(n), probably for Robin, or Robert (cf. hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin
Related forms
hobbyist, noun
hobbyless, adjective

hobby2

[hob-ee] /ˈhɒb i/
noun, plural hobbies.
1.
a small Old World falcon, Falco subbuteo, formerly flown at such small game as larks.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English hoby < Middle French hobé, suffixal variant of Middle French, Old French hobel (compare French hobereau), probably noun derivative of hobeler to skirmish, harass, perhaps < Middle Dutch hob(b)elen to turn, roll; compare Dutch hobbelen to rock, jolt (cf. hobble)

Hobby

[hob-ee] /ˈhɒb i/
noun
1.
Oveta Culp [kuhlp] /kʌlp/ (Show IPA), 1905–1995, U.S. newspaper publisher and government official: first director of Women's Army Corps 1942–45; first Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare 1953–55.
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  • Stamp collecting is the extremely popular hobby of collecting postage stamps.
  • A booklover and antiquarian, he made a special hobby of heraldry and genealogy.
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British Dictionary definitions for hobby

hobby1

/ˈhɒbɪ/
noun (pl) -bies
1.
an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation
2.
(archaic or dialect) a small horse or pony
3.
short for hobbyhorse (sense 1)
4.
an early form of bicycle, without pedals
Derived Forms
hobbyist, noun
Word Origin
C14 hobyn, probably variant of proper name Robin; compare dobbin

hobby2

/ˈhɒbɪ/
noun (pl) -bies
1.
any of several small Old World falcons, esp the European Falco subbuteo, formerly used in falconry
Word Origin
C15: from Old French hobet, from hobe falcon; probably related to Middle Dutch hobbelen to roll, turn
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Word Origin and History for hobby
n.

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 (cf. 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.

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Encyclopedia Article for hobby

any of certain birds of prey of the genus Falco (primarily F. subbuteo) that are intermediate in size and strength between the merlin and the peregrine. F. subbuteo is about 33 cm (13 inches) long and is dark bluish brown above and white below, with dark streaking and reddish leg feathering. It breeds in Europe, northwestern Africa, the Middle East except Arabia, and all of sub-Arctic and temperate Asia. It inhabits open country near woodlands, where it captures small birds and large insects. Similar species are the African hobby (F. cuvierii), the sooty falcon (F. concolor) of eastern Africa, and the Oriental hobby (F. severus) of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific

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