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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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  • The noble Siegfried's pastime / it was beyond all measure good.

  • The wooing on Shakespeare's side was nothing but pastime, though it led to marriage.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • As to botany, he cherished it with a deep and ingenuous passion, and not as a pastime.

  • Mr. Dowling should have found other forms of exercise and pastime.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • The children had become experts at the pastime through other parties innumerable.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
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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