Hobby vs Trading - What's the difference?

hobby | trading |

As a proper noun hobby

is .

As a verb trading is


As an adjective trading is

carrying on trade or commerce; engaged in trade.

As a noun trading is

the carrying on of trade.



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




  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Carrying on trade or commerce; engaged in trade.
  • a trading company
  • (obsolete, rare) Frequented by traders.
  • * Milton
  • they on the trading flood
  • (obsolete) venal; corrupt; jobbing
  • a trading politician


  • The carrying on of trade.
  • * Bible, Revelations
  • But thy riches and thy tradings , thy merchandise, and they who trade thy traffic, shall fall into the heart of the seas

    Derived terms

    * program trading (Webster 1913)