Hobby vs Fortune - What's the difference?

hobby | fortune |

As a proper noun hobby

is .

As an adjective fortune is

with good luck; fortunate.



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)).


(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).


  • 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




    (en noun)
  • Destiny, especially favorable.
  • * (1743-1809)
  • you, who men's fortunes in their faces read
  • * {{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=
  • A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
  • A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
  • The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • 'Tis more by fortune , lady, than by merit.
  • Good luck.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • There is a tide in the affairs of men, / Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune .
  • One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast.
  • A large amount of money.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * (good luck)

    Derived terms

    * * fortune hunter * * * * * *


  • (obsolete) To happen, take place.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Matthew ch. 8:
  • Then the heerdmen, fleed and went there ways into the cite, and tolde everythinge, and what had fortuned unto them that were possessed of the devyls.
  • * {{quote-book, 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, , chapter=Night 20,
  • , It fortuned one night that the Sultan purposed setting out on a journey next morning}}
  • To provide with a fortune.
  • (Richardson)
  • To presage; to tell the fortune of.
  • (Dryden)




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