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Hobby Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    hobby n
  1. an auxiliary activity [syn: avocation, by-line, sideline, spare-time activity]
  2. a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride [syn: hobbyhorse, rocking horse]
  3. small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds [syn: Falco subbuteo]
Hobby 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.
Hobby Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Hobby \Hob"by\, Hobbyhorse \Hob"by*horse`\, n. [OE. hobin a nag, OF. hobin hobby; cf. hober to stir, move; prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hoppe a mare, dial. Sw. hoppa; perh. akin to E. hop to jump.]
  1. A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag. --Johnson.
  2. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride. [ Usually under the form hobbyhorse.]
  3. A subject or plan upon which one is constantly setting off; a favorite and ever-recurring theme of discourse, thought, or effort; that which occupies one's attention unduly, or to the weariness of others; a ruling passion. [Usually under the form hobby.] Not one of them has any hobbyhorse, to use the phrase of Sterne. --Macaulay.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hobby'

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.

An important determinant of what is considered a hobby, as distinct from a profession (beyond the lack of remuneration), is probably how easy it is to make a living at the activity. Almost no one can make a living at cigarette card or stamp collecting, but many people find it enjoyable; so it is commonly regarded as a hobby.

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* A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away. - Phyllis Mcginley

* My only hobby is laziness, which naturally rules out all others. - Granni Nazzano

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