Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Hobbies'
- 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.
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.[See more about Hobbies at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
Words and phrases related to 'Hobbies'
'Hobbies' in famous quotation sentence
* My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. - Edith Sitwell
Click here for more related quotations on 'Hobbies'