Hob·by n.; pl. Hobbies Zool. A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.
Hob·by Hob·by·horse n.
1. A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag.
2. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride. [ Usually under the form hobbyhorse.]
3. A subject or plan upon which one is constantly setting off; a favorite and ever-recurring theme of discourse, thought, or effort; that which occupies one's attention unduly, or to the weariness of others; a ruling passion. [Usually under the form hobby.]
Not one of them has any hobbyhorse, to use the phrase of Sterne. --Macaulay.
n 1: an auxiliary activity [syn: avocation, by-line, sideline,
2: a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted
on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
[syn: hobbyhorse, rocking horse]
3: small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small
birds [syn: Falco subbuteo]