• WordNet 3.6
    • n hobbyist a person who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hobbyist One who rides a hobby; one who is devoted in an enthusiastic and one-sided manner to a particular principle, pursuit, method, or “fad.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hobbyist one who rides a hobby
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. hobyn, hoby, prob. Hob, a by-form of Rob. Hence also O. Fr. hobin, hobi (Fr. aubin).


In literature:

Some just played in it, as hobbyists.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
You see, I am a hobbyist.
"God's Country--And the Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
The moment you become a tradesman you cease to be a hobbyist.
"In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays" by Augustine Birrell
Everybody, that is, except a few crazy hobbyists.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole

In news:

But hobbyist beekeepers can help.
With cameras that can be used for true surveillance to those that are just for the hobbyist there are almost no limits to the types you can choose from.
Updating vintage cars with more modern powertrains, suspensions, and other components has long been standard operating procedure for hot rodders, customizers, and old car hobbyists.
I think that it's ironic that yesterday I made mention that the Mars rover reminds me of Wall-E. And now a robot hobbyist and builder has built an exact replica of the Pixar animated robot.
"Alcohol is not as acceptable as it was 30 years ago," says hobbyist Gary Zimmerman, 49, of Rochester, Ill.
Bumann advocates keeping family tree information on non-subscription-based software, so that hobbyists don't have to pay to access their own research.
New hobbyists face a learning curve.
EVANSVILLE — It was 38 years ago when Bob Bonenberger and 12 other street-rod enthusiasts put an ad in a local newspaper inviting other like-minded hobbyists to Wesselman Park to show off their rides.
The show has been a hit with vintage, classic, hot rod, and muscle car hobbyists and collectors.
Hobbyists given price break over the handicapped .
Harlan and Jane Greeneberg are serious hobbyists.
Until fairly recently the cost of home-theater equipment scared away anyone but movie moguls and serious hobbyists.
After six months of troubleshooting and experimenting as hobbyists, they hunkered down to develop a resource for other interested homebrewers .
Hobbyists and volunteers used the shop, which was actually owned by the city.
Hobbyists have much company in a town that railroad built.

In science:

We are using this system to generate consistent and standards-compliant meta-data for digital and digitized imaging from plate repositories, automated observatories, individual scientific investigators, and hobbyists.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images