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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.
1480-90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps
entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation. Unabridged
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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


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



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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