Definition of pastime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɑːstaɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæstaɪm//
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something that you enjoy doing when you are not working synonym hobby Watching television now seems to be the most popular national pastime. Synonymsinteresthobby game pastimeThese are all words for activities that you do for pleasure in your spare time.interest an activity or a subject that you do or study for pleasure in your spare time:Her main interests are music and gardening.hobby an activity that you do for pleasure in your spare time:His hobbies include swimming and cooking.game a children’s activity when they play with toys, pretend to be somebody else, etc.; an activity that you do to have fun:a game of cops and robbers He was playing games with the dog.pastime an activity that people do for pleasure in their spare time:Eating out is the national pastime in France.interest, hobby or pastime? A hobby is often more active than an interest:His main hobby is football (= he plays football). His main interest is football (= he watches and reads about football, and may or may not play it). Pastime is used when talking about people in general; when you are talking about yourself or an individual person it is more usual to use interest or hobby:Eating out is the national interest/​hobby in France. Do you have any pastimes?Patterns a popular interest/​hobby/​pastime to have/​share interests/​hobbies to take up/​pursue a(n) interest/​hobby Word Originlate 15th cent.: from the verb pass (verb) + time, translating French passe-temps.Extra examples Eating out is the national pastime in France. Fighting is a popular pastime among some of the town’s boys. Fishing is an enjoyable pastime for people of all ages.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pastime