2. [syn: hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
2. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on
which boys make believe to ride. [ Usually under the form
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a topic to which one constantly reverts; "don't get him
started on his hobbyhorse"
2: a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted
on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride [syn:
hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "hobbyhorse":
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, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, kickshaw,
knickknack, marble, marionette, mig, paper doll, pastime,
pick-up sticks, pinwheel, plaything, puppet, racket, rag doll,
rocking horse, side interest, sideline, spare-time activity, sport,
steelie, taw, teetotum, top, toy, toy soldier, trinket,