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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Hobbies'

Hobbies Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Hobby \Hob"by\, n.; pl. Hobbies. [OE. hobi; cf. OF. hobe, hob['e], F. hobereau a hobby, a species of falcon. OF. hober to move, stir. Cf. Hobby a horse.] (Zo["o]l.) A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hobbies'

A hobby is an activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done during one's leisure time.

A hobby horse is a wooden or wickerwork toy made to be ridden just like a real horse (which was sometimes called a "Hobby"). From this came the expression "to ride one's hobby-horse", meaning "to follow a favorite pastime", and in turn, hobby in the modern sense of recreation.

Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. Examples include collecting, creative and artistic pursuits, making, tinkering, sports and adult education. Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge and experience. However, personal fulfillment is the aim.

What are hobbies for some people are professions for others: a chef may enjoy playing computer games as a hobby, while a professional game tester might enjoy cooking. Generally speaking, the person who does something for fun, not remuneration, is called an amateur (or hobbyist), as distinct from a professional.

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* Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries avoid all entanglements. - Clive Staples Lewis

* My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. - Edith Sitwell

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  • People with creative hobbies do better at work
    Creative pastimes help workers to relax after a demanding day as well as helping to develop their problem solving skills, making them do better at work. Read more on this news related to 'Hobbies'
  • How much do Malaysians spend on their hobbies?
    Hobbies not only help in relieving stress or even take your mind off of the daily tolls and troubles, it also keeps your body or your mind active and gives you the much needed variety in your life. So how much do you spend on your hobbies? Read more on this news related to 'Hobbies'
  • The Toad @ JFDI: Startup founders, you should get a hobby
    Are hobbies important in making founders more effective? We talk to JFDI startups “One must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life,” Oscar Wilde quotes in his play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. A common startup perception of hobbies is that it detracts founders from a never-ending pile of ... Read more on this news related to 'Hobbies'

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