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Hobby
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English

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Etymology 1

Shortened from hobby-horse, from Middle English hoby, hobyn, hobin ("small horse, pony"), from Old French hobi, *haubi, haubby, hobin ("a nag, hobby"; > Modern French aubin, Italian ubino), of Germanic origin: from Old French hober, ober ("to stir, move"), from Old Dutch hobben ("to toss, move up and down"); or from North Germanic origin related to Danish hoppe ("a mare"), Old Swedish hoppa ("a young mare"), North Frisian hoppe ("horse"); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *hupp?n? ("to hop"), from Proto-Indo-European *kewb- ("to bend; a bend, joint"). More at hop, hobble.

The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of Robert or Robin (compare dobbin).

Noun

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hobby (plural hobbies)

  1. An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
    I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby.
  2. (horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby
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Etymology 2

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From Old French hobet, from Medieval Latin hop?tus, diminutive of harpe.

Noun

hobby (plural hobbies)

  1. Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco, especially Falco subbuteo.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, page 323:
      He hawked - from nearby Esher, Richard Fox sent a servant with a hobby, which Henry received enthusiastically - and hunted, sending a present of freshly slaughtered deer to Princess Mary.
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Czech

Noun

hobby n

  1. hobby (activity)

Danish

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Noun

hobby c (singular definite hobbyen, plural indefinite hobbyer)

  1. hobby (activity)

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Dutch

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  • Hyphenation: hob?by

Noun

hobby m (plural hobby's, diminutive hobby'tje n)

  1. hobby (activity)

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Finnish

Noun

hobby

  1. (nonstandard) hobby (activity)

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Inflection of hobby (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative hobby hobbyt
genitive hobbyn hobbyjen
partitive hobbya hobbyja
illative hobbyyn hobbyihin
singular plural
nominative hobby hobbyt
accusative nom. hobby hobbyt
gen. hobbyn
genitive hobbyn hobbyjen
partitive hobbya hobbyja
inessive hobbyssa hobbyissa
elative hobbysta hobbyista
illative hobbyyn hobbyihin
adessive hobbylla hobbyilla
ablative hobbylta hobbyilta
allative hobbylle hobbyille
essive hobbyna hobbyina
translative hobbyksi hobbyiksi
instructive hobbyin
abessive hobbytta hobbyitta
comitative hobbyineen

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French

Etymology

From English hobby

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Noun

hobby m (plural hobbies or hobbys)

  1. hobby (activity)

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Interlingua

Noun

hobby

  1. hobby (activity)

Italian

Noun

hobby m (invariable)

  1. hobby (activity)
  2. (in the plural) hobbies

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Norwegian Bokmål

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Wikipedia no

Etymology

From English hobby

Noun

hobby m (definite singular hobbyen, indefinite plural hobbyer, definite plural hobbyene)

  1. a hobby (leisure activity)

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology

From English hobby

Noun

hobby m (definite singular hobbyen, indefinite plural hobbyar, definite plural hobbyane)

  1. a hobby (leisure activity)

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Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from English hobby.

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Noun

hobby n

  1. hobby (activity)

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  • hobby in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English hobby.

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Noun

hobby m (plural hobbies or hobbys)

  1. hobby (an activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time)

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from English hobby.

Noun

hobby n (plural hobby-uri)

  1. hobby

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Spanish

Etymology

From English hobby.

Pronunciation

Noun

hobby m (plural hobbys)

  1. hobby (activity)

Swedish

Noun

hobby c

  1. hobby (activity)

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