• I had a little hobby-horse
    I had a little hobby-horse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hobby an auxiliary activity
    • n hobby small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds
    • n hobby a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stamp collecting is the most popular hobby in the world.
    • Hobby A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride.
    • Hobby A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag.
    • Hobby 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. "Not one of them has any hobbyhorse , to use the phrase of Sterne."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's most popular hobby is stamp collecting.
    • n hobby A strong active horse of medium size having an ambling gait; a pacing horse; a nag; a garran.
    • n hobby Same as hobby-horse, 3.
    • n hobby Any favorite object, pursuit, or topic; that which a person persistently pursues or dwells upon with zeal or delight, as if riding a horse.
    • n hobby A small European falcon of the genus Falco and subgenus Hypotriorchis, H subbuteo. It is about 12 inches long, dark-brown above with the feathers edged with rufous, and white below with a rusty tinge and dark streaks. It is a true falcon, though undersized, and was formerly flown at small game, as larks. It is related to the merlin, F. æsalon, and to the American pigeon-hawk, II. columbarius; there are several varieties.
    • n hobby A goose.
    • n hobby A stupid fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can sometimes tell the hobbies and race of a person by their skeleton.
    • n Hobby hob′i a strong, active horse: a pacing horse: a subject on which one is constantly setting off, as in 'to ride' or 'to mount a hobby:' a favourite pursuit
    • n Hobby hob′i a small species of falcon.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Beware the hobby that eats.”
  • Ronald Dunn
    Ronald Dunn
    “If you have no problems at your job you don't have a job you've got a hobby.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A hobby is hard work you wouldn't do for a living.”
  • Scott Alexander
    Scott Alexander
    “The best way to make happy money is to make money your hobby and not your god.”
  • Scott Alexander
    Scott Alexander
    “Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hobé, hobet—Low L. hobetus; prob. O. Fr. hober, to move.


In literature:

Of all his extraordinary hobbies that of planning subterranean passages has excited the most wonder and satire.
"The Portland Peerage Romance" by Charles J. Archard
I was indeed his hobby at present.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
It is a hobby with Lockwin.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
Each member was allowed to mount his favorite hobby, and ride it to his heart's content.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
Edward had collected postage-stamps, and the hobby had, incidentally, helped him wonderfully in his study of geography.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
The young rogues use them as hobby-horses and lose them, and down they come, and the sentinels cannot stop them.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
See to it that you do not make other people uncomfortable in the pursuit of your hobby.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Many of her own innumerable hobbies had such origins, I know.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
People with hobbies are at once the easiest and most difficult persons with whom to engage in conversation.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
The Hobby Horse, or Christmas Companion.
"Forgotten Books of the American Nursery" by Rosalie V. Halsey
You probably defined Mr. Fleming's collection as a 'hobby' and therefore something not to be taken seriously.
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
What more do we want of a hobby?
"Stamp Collecting as a Pastime" by Edward J. Nankivell
Renovales knew the count, a good man in spite of his hobbies, who thought of nothing but his honorary trinkets.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
If there is any hobby that is worth while it is one that takes us out- of-doors.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
He therefore consented to go with Mr Hobby, whose ship was then ready for the sea.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
No, my boy, I can't support you in your little hobby.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
It happens to be my hobby.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
At home his first hobby was astronomy.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
We have no daughter of our own, so we make a hobby of cultivating other people's.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The paraphernalia of Kensky's hobby still lay upon its surface.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace

In poetry:

"Then Hobbie Noble is that deer!
I wat he carries the style fu' hie;
Aft has he beat your slough-hounds back,
And set yourselves at little lee.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
Then Hobbie Noble has dream'd a dream,
In the Foulbogshiel, where that he lay;
He thought his horse was neath him shot,
And he himself got hard away.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
Now Hobie thought the gates were clear;
But, ever alas! it was not sae:
They were beset wi' cruel men and keen,
That away brave Hobbie could not gae.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
The cocks could crow, the day could dawn,
And I wot so even down fell the rain;
If Hobbie had no waken'd at that time,
In the Foulbogshiel he had been tane or slain.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
When the schule scail'd at nicht Jock was aye the first oot,
For this was a hobby he carried aboot;
But, in justice to him an' his hobby, we ken
That mony a dafter's amang wiser men.
"Jock Buchan" by Alexander Anderson
She has no attacks of talent, she is not a stage-struck maiden;
She is wholly free from hobbies, and she dreams of no "career;"
She is mostly gay and happy, never sad or care-beladen,
Though she sometimes sighs a little if a gentleman is near.
"The Summer Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Beer is hopping as a hobby around the metro.
Josh and Fergie Run Together We wonder what other hobbies Fergie and Josh share.
HOBBIES Playing with balls, chasing the stream from a hose.
"To spread some of them around some train tracks because trains were his hobby and he loved that very much," Price, 24, tells Entertainment Tonight.
Transforming a hobby to international business.
The first kit released under the Great Wall Hobby label - a rebranding of Shanghai LionRoar Model Art Co.
When auto enthusiasts talk among themselves, they have a special lingo, terms of the trade, jargon, technicalities unique to the hobby.
It was factory produced, at a time when woodworking as a hobby was virtually unknown.
One of my hobbies is collecting old beer items from Buffalo breweries like Simon Pure, Iroquois, Stein's, Beck's, Manru-Schreiber and many others.
Sister-in-Law Jump Starts Addictive Hobby.
Silverdale hobby store broken into with homemade sledge hammer.
Jorg Sprave has turned his boyhood hobby --;and whatever metal, wood, and gauge he can find -- into the Avalaunche and hundreds more slingshots .
Meet Smash, a Turkish Suicide Girl who says lies make her sad and lists "fun" as one of her hobbies.
After my last snowshoe trip, I finally decided to pull the plug on this hobby, sold my snowshoes , and was getting ready to switch to ski touring.
Admittedly, my only hobby currently is watching TV.

In science:

This hobby has continued over the years, and culminated in a suite of simulation programs for the X window system .
Playing with sandpiles
They do not take into account the possible overlappings among communities in the real-world scenarios, such as that each of us may participate in many social cycles according to our various hobbies.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is a joint pro ject of the University of Texas at Austin, the Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universit¨at M¨unchen, and Georg-August-Universit¨at G¨ottingen.
Testing Models of Intrinsic Brightness Variations in Type Ia Supernovae, and their Impact on Measuring Cosmological Parameters
This is stated in Hobby and McKenzie and is known as the RS-conjecture.
The Undecidability of the Definability of Principal Subcongruences
In this paper we describe the processes and the lessons learned while operating the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) for a decade in a queue mode.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The basic lesson learned from the Hobby-Eberly Telescope queue-scheduling effort is that a customer-oriented observing effort can be highly successful.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The PIs are allowed and encouraged to e-mail the RAs of the Hobby-Eberly telescope during their Phase I and Phase II planning.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope is a joint pro ject of the University of Texas at Austin, the Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, the Ludwig Maximilians-Universit¨at M¨unchen, and the Georg-August-Universit¨at at G¨ottingen.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
VIRUS-P is the prototype instrument for VIRUS, a massively replicated integralfi eld spectrograph consistent in 145 units like VIRUS-P, which will be installed on the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
All that was to say that I’ve decided to make this a long term project as a post particle physicist hobby.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Thus, in some kind of “hobby” research, which included discussions with friends, colleagues and many believers in a never ending technological progress, the different pieces concerning the future of nuclear energy summarized in this report came together.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The project is performed with the 9.2 m Hobby-Eberly Telescope.
Red giants from the Pennsylvania - Torun Planet Search
This paper describes spectra of quasar candidates acquired during the commissioning phase of the Low-Resolution Spectrograph of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.
Annotation of Scientific Summaries for Information Retrieval
Based, in part, on observations with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. 2 Visiting Astronomer, Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
A Spectroscopic Reconnaissance of UV-Bright Stars
The observations of the faint sample were carried out in queue-scheduled mode with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) and Marcario Low-Resolution Spectrograph (LRS) in 2000 May and July with exposure times ranging between 120 and 1500 s.
A Spectroscopic Reconnaissance of UV-Bright Stars