(obsolete, or, historical) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
* 1946 , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy , ch. 1
Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
Something in which one is keenly interested.
* 1968 , Central States Archaeological Journal (volumes 15-16, page 154)
- The intoxication that they sought was that of ‘enthusiasm ’, of union with the god.
* 2012 , Nicholas Joll, Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (page 23)
- My main enthusiasm is attending and seeing the progress and interest of collectors, to meet old friends, and hopefully to make new friends.
- Other Adamsian enthusiasms included: fast cars; restaurants; Bach, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits;
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)).
An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
(horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the
- I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby .
* (activity done for enjoyment in spare time ): avocation, pastime
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.
* (African hobby), Falco cuvierii
* (Australian hobby), Falco longipennis
* (Eurasian hobby), Falco subbuteo
* (Oriental hobby), Falco severus