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pastime

[pas-tahym, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs-/
noun
1.
something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport:
to play cards as a pastime.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps
Synonyms
entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation.
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  • Outdoor hockey, ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular winter pastimes.
  • But for the elderly, these social pastimes may play a critical role in preserving their physical and mental health.
  • It started with mere bookmaking-illegal, of course-but soon involved other criminal pastimes.
  • There he picked up scuba diving, one of his many athletic pastimes.
  • Meanwhile luxury boutiques are snubbing their noses at such plebeian pastimes.
  • They were much too preoccupied with their diversions, their off-duty pastimes and pursuits, to dwell on such unpleasant business.
  • But there is excellent visibility underwater, making snorkeling one of the favorite pastimes here.
  • One of the popular pastimes in those days was cruising.
  • Outdoor activities such as camping, picnicking, boating and sightseeing are favorite pastimes.
  • These therapists are not the same as the recreation workers who conduct games and pastimes for fun.
British Dictionary definitions for pastimes

pastime

/ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
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 pastimes

pastime

n.

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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