Hobby vs Amateur - What's the difference?

hobby | amateur |


As a proper noun hobby

is .

As a noun amateur is

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hobby

English

Etymology 1

Shortened from (hobby-horse), from (etyl) hoby, hobyn, . 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

(wikipedia hobby) (hobbies)
  • An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
  • I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby .
  • (horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the
  • Synonyms
    * (activity done for enjoyment in spare time ): avocation, pastime
    Derived terms
    * hobbyist

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) hobet, from , diminutive of (hobe).

    Noun

    (hobbies)
  • Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco'', especially ''Falco subbuteo .
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 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.
    Derived terms
    * (African hobby), Falco cuvierii * (Australian hobby), Falco longipennis * (Eurasian hobby), Falco subbuteo * (Oriental hobby), Falco severus

    amateur

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A lover (of) something.
  • * 2006 , John Hailman, Thomas Jefferson on Wine , University of Mississippi 2006, p. x:
  • he conducted extensive correspondence on wines with European suppliers, employing a wine vocabulary familiar to any modern amateur of wines.
  • A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; especially one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
  • She is an accomplished amateur woodworker.
  • Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
  • The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.

    Derived terms

    * radio amateur

    Synonyms

    * dilettante * bungler

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Non-professional.
  • Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
  • amateur sports
  • Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.
  • Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.

    Derived terms

    * amateur hour * amateur night