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[hob-ee] /ˈhɒb i/
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. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for o culp hobby


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


noun (pl) -bies
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 o culp hobby



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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