Hobbyhorse
Hobby Hob"by, Hobbyhorse Hob"by*horse`, n. [OE. hobin a nag, OF. hobin hobby; cf. hober to stir, move; prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hoppe a mare, dial. Sw. hoppa; perh. akin to E. hop to jump.] 1. A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride. [ Usually under the form {hobbyhorse}.] [1913 Webster]

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}.] [1913 Webster]

Not one of them has any hobbyhorse, to use the phrase of Sterne. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hobbyhorse — [häb′ē hôrs΄] n. 1. a) a figure of a horse attached to the waist of a person doing a morris dance so that the person seems to be riding it b) such a dancer 2. a child s toy consisting of a stick with a horse s head at one end: it is straddled in… …   English World dictionary

  • hobbyhorse — Hobby Hob by, Hobbyhorse Hob by*horse , n. [OE. hobin a nag, OF. hobin hobby; cf. hober to stir, move; prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hoppe a mare, dial. Sw. hoppa; perh. akin to E. hop to jump.] 1. A strong, active horse, of a middle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hobbyhorse — hob|by|horse [ˈhɔbiho:s US ˈha:biho:rs] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: hobby small horse (14 19 centuries) (probably from Hobbin, a man s name, from Robin) + horse] 1.) a subject that someone has strong opinions about and that they talk about too… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hobbyhorse — noun 1 (C) a child s toy like a horse s head on a stick, which the child pretends to ride on 2 be on your hobbyhorse to talk for a long time about a subject you think is very interesting …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hobbyhorse — noun 1. a topic to which one constantly reverts don t get him started on his hobbyhorse • Hypernyms: ↑preoccupation 2. a child s plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hobbyhorse — noun Etymology: hobby small light horse, from Middle English hoby, hobyn, perhaps from Hobbin, nickname for Robert or Robin Date: circa 1553 1. a. a figure of a horse fastened about the waist in the morris dance b. a dancer wearing this figure 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hobbyhorse — /hob ee hawrs /, n. 1. a stick with a horse s head, or a rocking horse, ridden by children. 2. a figure of a horse, attached at the waist of a performer in a morris dance, pantomime, etc. 3. a pet idea or project. [1550 60; HOBBY1 + HORSE] * * * …   Universalium

  • hobbyhorse — Synonyms and related words: agate, avocation, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bauble, blocks, by line, checkerboard, chessboard, club, cockhorse, cricket bat, cue, doll, doll carriage, gewgaw, gimcrack, golf club, hobby, jack in the box,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hobbyhorse — see hobby horse …   English dictionary

  • hobbyhorse — n. wooden rocking horse; pet idea or project …   English contemporary dictionary

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