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[ hob-ee ]

/ ˈhɒb i /

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noun, plural hob·bies.

an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving.

a child's hobbyhorse.

Archaic. a small horse.



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Idioms about hobby

    ride a hobby, to concern oneself excessively with a favorite notion or activity.Also ride a hobbyhorse.

Origin of hobby


First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English hoby(n), probably for Robin, or Robert (cf. hob2), used as horse's name, as in dobbin


hob·by·ist, nounhob·by·less, adjective

Words nearby hobby

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Other definitions for hobby (2 of 3)


[ hob-ee ]

/ ˈhɒb i /

noun, plural hob·bies.

a small Old World falcon, Falco subbuteo, formerly flown at such small game as larks.

Origin of hobby


1400–50; late Middle English hoby<Middle French hobé, suffixal variant of Middle French, Old French hobel (compare French hobereau), probably noun derivative of hobeler to skirmish, harass, perhaps <Middle Dutch hob(b)elen to turn, roll; compare Dutch hobbelen to rock, jolt (cf. hobble)

Other definitions for hobby (3 of 3)


[ hob-ee ]

/ ˈhɒb i /


Oveta Culp [kuhlp], /kʌlp/, 1905–1995, U.S. newspaper publisher and government official: first director of Women's Army Corps 1942–45; first Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare 1953–55.

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Words related to hobby

amusement, art, avocation, craft, diversion, fad, fun, obsession, specialty, sport, bag, craze, distraction, fancy, game, interest, kick, occupation, play, quest

How to use hobby in a sentence

  • To come up with an experimental platform that might provide some answers, Irvine drew on one of his hobbies.

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  • It’s not the hobby, it’s the people who do the hobby who make the tribe.

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  • When asked about her hobbies outside of politics, she immediately mentions spending time with her kids, although she laughs uproariously while adding that “it’s sometimes hard to make time, which makes me probably like every other mom ever.

    From Soccer-Mom Auditor to Missouri Governor?|Nick Fouriezos|August 6, 2020|Ozy

  • Since coronavirus upended consumer behavior — people’s life, hobbies, what they care about, who they are with, is all in flux — advertisers are groping for information on new and existing audiences.

    Reducing cookie reliance, The Telegraph rolls out ways to share data directly with advertisers|Lucinda Southern|July 8, 2020|Digiday

  • My other hobby is that in the spring of 2019 I got into weightlifting, which is not a sentence that I ever expected myself to say.

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  • Also, the next Hobby Lobbys, female Kurdish fighters and more.

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  • While the Hobby Lobby decision may have lost its cultural appeal, it still carries weight in the federal court system.

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  • They are for corporations like Hobby Lobby, and vast hospital networks, and, yes, adoption agencies.

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  • The remote controlled flying craft has gone from covert military ops to a communal backyard hobby.

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  • If you really think about it, is this not just some grand hobby?

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  • A strenuous worker, Mr. Johnstone, like most men who have no hobby, did not long survive his retirement from active business life.

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  • The old fellow used to frequent the Quarter in summer, years ago—it was his hobby.

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  • Hobby horses gaily prancing, Bats and Bowls and Maypole dancing.

    A Humorous History of England|C. Harrison

  • "The Army's rotten for want of service," grumbled Williams, following out his own pet hobby.

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  • Spiders at present are his hobby, and the note-book is filling up with columns of small figures.

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British Dictionary definitions for hobby (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation

archaic, or dialect a small horse or pony

short for hobbyhorse (def. 1)

an early form of bicycle, without pedals

Derived forms of hobby

hobbyist, noun

Word Origin for hobby

C14 hobyn, probably variant of proper name Robin; compare dobbin

British Dictionary definitions for hobby (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

any of several small Old World falcons, esp the European Falco subbuteo, formerly used in falconry

Word Origin for hobby

C15: from Old French hobet, from hobe falcon; probably related to Middle Dutch hobbelen to roll, turn

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Hobby Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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hob·​by ˈhä-bē 

: a small Old World falcon (Falco subbuteo) that is dark blue above and white below with dark streaking on the breast


2 of 2

: a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation

Writing is just a hobby of his.

Her hobbies include gardening and bird-watching.





Noun (2)

  • avocation
  • hobbyhorse
  • pursuit
  • recreation

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English hoby, from Anglo-French hobel, hobé

Noun (2)

short for hobbyhorse

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1816, in the meaning defined above

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: an interest or activity to which a person devotes time for pleasure




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what is it, what are there and how to find it?

It seems like the best thing to do after work is to come home and do nothing. But those who are used to ignoring the needs of their souls think so. Don't know what to do on a weekend evening? Ask yourself what made you happy as a child? Why not repeat it right now or, conversely, learn something new? You never know what your soul will respond to. After all, a hobby is an energy that lights a fire in our eyes.

What is a hobby?

A hobby is an activity for the soul that makes our life full, improves mood, energizes and gives pleasure. In adolescence, it teaches accuracy, develops curiosity, imagination. The hobbies of an adult help him return to a happy childhood and awaken in himself that delight from which his eyes burn and he wants to jump out of bed early in the morning. The real lucky ones are people who have managed to turn their hobby into a profession.

The hobbies of our ancestors were not limited to embroidery or woodcarving. There were exotic hobbies like visiting morgues or anatomical theaters. But there were also those who became the work of a lifetime. For example, the curiosity of Vladimir Dahl gave us the main explanatory dictionary. Although from childhood he was prepared for military service, and literature was only a hobby for him.

Hobbies are a significant part of a person's life. It helps us to explore the world, broaden our horizons and earn. It makes us happier. First Hobby Goal - help in self-realization and satisfy internal needs . But in the 21st century, doing something “just like that” is becoming unfashionable. The idea of ​​how to make money on a hobby comes to the fore.

Although the share of e-commerce is increasing by 10-20% annually, traditional shops with goods for needlework and creativity do not lose their positions. Perhaps buyers come there for communication, "to show themselves and see others." And in needlework stores you can feel fabrics, beads, paper. Lots of art supplies. It is more pleasant to consider them "in reality" than on a computer screen.

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What are your interests and hobbies?

It is difficult to list what kinds of hobbies there are. They can be divided into two main types:

  • Amateur is when you do what you love just like that, for pleasure.
  • Professional are hobbies that pay money.

Activities for the soul can be divided according to the resources involved:

  • Intellectual : foreign languages, chess, quests, board games.
  • Emotional : drawing, singing, animal breeding.
  • Physical : sports, dancing, traveling.

How does a hobby help us to work and live?

Psychologists have noticed that a person chooses a hobby according to his character. Extroverts prefer sports or dancing, introverts find an outlet in collecting or learning. But there are general benefits that passionate people get:

  • This adds confidence . A favorite activity is a resource that helps you recover from a hectic day or, conversely, get an emotional charge for a difficult test.
  • It helps to cope with things you don't like . A bonus in the form of a favorite activity will help you quickly deal with mandatory tasks that you don’t really want to do.
  • It adds stability to life . Isn't it wonderful to find something constant in the rhythm of the current life that captivates you, regardless of the changes at work.
  • This is your private space . This is your own island of happiness, which nourishes with positive energy, if there is nowhere else to take it from.
  • This speaks of the integrity of the person . The ability to concentrate on one lesson, the desire to seek information, find like-minded people.
  • This enhances your image as a developed, purposeful person.

It is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of a hobby. It is not for nothing that an item about hobbies is included in the resume of applicants. You should not ignore it, because your hobby will tell the employer a lot:

  • Football or volleyball is about the ability to work in a team.
  • A category in a sport is about constant self-improvement.
  • Conducted quests or parties - about organizational skills.
  • Chess is about strategic thinking.
  • Drawing or photography is about creativity.
  • Conducted master classes - about oratory skills.

But when filling out a resume, you should not invent non-existent hobbies for yourself just because the manager is fond of it. It is better to think about how to talk about a hobby so that it helps to get the coveted position.

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How do interests and hobbies make us happier?

In the practice of psychotherapy, there are many stories that clients come with. Each story seems to be unique. But people of different incomes, ages, status have one thing in common: the lack of passion. At the same time, hobbies / creativity / creation is one of the essential components of the happiness formula.

How to find your hobby for the mind?

Ten years ago, to the question “ how to find a hobby ? there was one answer: " remember what you liked to do as a child ". But you can answer differently: " remember what makes you happy ". It doesn't have to be a childhood activity. Today there are a lot of hobbies that will make our life better and more productive.

Hobbies that will make us smarter:
  1. Reading . The more you read, the more you expand your horizons, learn to speak competently and empathize, and increase self-esteem. But all this happens in people who read scientific journals, classical literature, and not glossy magazines or fiction. Because the so-called deep reading brings benefits - unhurried, thoughtful reading of books with moral questions.
  2. Playing musical instruments . Listening to music is wonderful. But we become smarter while learning to play the piano, guitar or even the harmonica. Such an activity develops fine motor skills, improves memory, reaction, leadership qualities, and the ability to think logically. A musical hobby is useful at any age, but it has the best effect on a child's brain.
  3. Writing haiku . Haiku is a Japanese poetic miniature that helps to hear the inaudible, consider the smallest details of nature and feel like a part of the world, and not the center of the universe. Connoisseurs say that haiku is not tearful poetry, but a way of life. Haiku was folded by samurai before a campaign, and with a certain perseverance, this can also be done by a resident of a metropolis.
  4. Calligraphy . In the 80s of the last century, Japanese scientists conducted an interesting study. They were looking for new methods that would help educate the specialists of the future. It turned out that calligraphy meets all the requirements. This style of writing stimulates the brain, prolongs life. The position of the fingers, hand, shoulder, hand and pen movements affect different parts of the body, improve physical and mental health.
  5. Learning foreign languages ​​ . It turns out that while studying, the brain literally grows. But for the development of the brain, it is more useful to learn several foreign languages. Such training is better than any medicine helps to delay senile dementia, Alzheimer's syndrome. In addition, language experts are able to instantly switch between tasks, do several things at the same time.

How to find a hobby you like?

If there is a lot of stress at work, and it's raining and dark outside, you just want to relax at home. There are old and undeservedly forgotten hobbies that are pleasant to enjoy in the comfort of home.

  1. Felting – wool felting. This interesting wool technique allows you to create cute toys, upholstery for armchairs or chairs, handbags, shoes, berets and jewelry. The method was known even in the days of the ancient nomadic peoples. For the technique, you will need wool of different shades, needles and a special substrate.
  2. Patchwork - patchwork. The method of housewives to save money on new things became an independent area of ​​applied art in the 18th century. In patchwork technique, small napkins, voluminous blankets, tablecloths, bags, coats are created. To work, you will need a lot of colored patches, a sewing machine, patience and imagination.
  3. Tilda production . Tildas are the most adorable dolls invented by Norwegian artist Toni Finnanger in 1999. They are created from shreds, lace, felt, buttons, ribbons, threads. They are sewn for sale or just for fun. In addition to these materials, you will need a pattern and inspiration for work
  4. Gingerbread painting . Gingerbread painting is not an easy but exciting activity, interesting for adults and children. The plots are limited only by the imagination of the master. You can make gingerbread cookies as a gift or just enjoy the painting process. For work you will need gingerbread, icing sugar and food coloring.
  5. Hydroponics - growing plants without soil. The times of monotonous clay pots on the windowsill are a thing of the past. This system does not need soil, the roots of plants are fed in a solution of nutrient salts. You can grow not only cacti, but also useful herbs - spinach, mint, sage.

What hobby to choose if nothing makes you happy?

Let's make a reservation right away: watching social networks, videos or computer games is not a hobby, but an idle pastime. To find your passion or find a new hobby to replace your old one, you can use the step-by-step instructions:

  • Determine your current interests . Love cakes? Try to master flowers from mastic or learn how to bake real macaroons. Do you often buy cheese? Learn all about cheese making, the intricacies of cheese tasting.
  • Think about the inner qualities you would like to enhance . If you lack perseverance, quilling will help develop it. Writing stories will help strengthen eloquence, and volunteering will remove the fear of communicating with strangers.
  • Analyze your budget . There are hobbies that require a lot of investment - for example, professional photography or historical reconstructions. But you can assemble an art object from an old watch.
  • Do something you have never done . It is even impossible to imagine what hobbies people have: painting dogs, carving eggshells. Even members of the royal family have exotic hobbies: mowing lawns or drawing engravings.
  • Browse useful websites or browse the library . Many sites periodically publish collections of useful links to explore various types of hobbies. It is enough to look at a few lists to understand what you would like to do in your free time.

How to find a hobby to make money from it?

Many famous people say in interviews that they were lucky enough to make their hobby their profession. The author of "Harry Potter" JK Rowling wrote stories since childhood, and the founder of the automobile corporation Henry Frrd was fond of mechanics in his youth. Nowadays, it is easier to make money on a hobby - goods and services can be sold on the Internet. But first you need to clarify some questions for yourself:

  • Nobody will pay for your pleasures . You need to turn your passion into an interesting product for buyers.
  • To evaluate your services, you need to take into account not only the money spent, but also the time for preparation, study of materials, obtaining fresh information.
  • Selling not only goods, but also knowledge or experience. If you have a successful experience in finding a job, you can advise job seekers. Knowledge about an exotic country or culture is also of interest to readers and social network followers.


  • Hobbies are a great opportunity for a good rest.
  • Psychologists recommend choosing hobbies according to the principle “the best rest is a change of activity”. If you are engaged in intellectual work, free time should be devoted to dancing.
  • To make money from a hobby, you have to turn your hobby into an attractive product.
  • Hobby helps not only to relax, but also to strengthen desirable qualities in oneself.

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This term has other meanings, see Hobby (meanings). hobby Hobbies are a good way to deal with stress, in addition, hobbies often help to develop horizons. The main goal of a hobby is to help self-realization. A hobby can eventually grow into a main activity that brings money: “Ideally, you need to do an activity that you like, and besides, it brings money”, that is, a hobby can eventually develop into work. Usually, a person chooses the main work exactly what he liked as a hobby or main hobby "for the soul." See Work.

Some hobbies

  • Collecting
    • bonistics
    • used books
    • numismatics
    • militaria
    • scripophilia
    • faleristics
    • Phylobutanism
    • phylumenia
    • philately
  • Sport:
    • paintball
    • airsoft
    • hardball
    • quests, challenges, night search games
  • Science:
  • Amateur astronomy
  • Model building
    • aircraft
    • tanks
    • ships
    • railway
  • Amateur Radio
  • Programming
  • Games
    • video games
    • card
  • Treasure hunting
    • miniatures
  • Surveillance
  • Tourism
  • Historical reconstruction
  • Knitting
  • Embroidery
  • Glass painting, stained glass painting
  • Felting wool
  • Beading
  • Scrapbooking
  • Breeding and training of domestic animals
    • Aquarium
  • Painting
  • Literary creativity

See also

  • Labor
  • Handyman
  • Profession
  • Specialty
  • Career guidance
  • Unemployment
  • Innovation
  • Quality of life
  • Psychology of work


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