A hobby is a regular activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure, typically
done during one's leisure time. Examples of hobbies include collecting, creative
and artistic pursuits, making, tinkering, sports and adult education. Engaging in
a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge and experience. People
also enjoy participating in competitive hobbies such as athletics, hockey, curling,
golf, bowling and tennis.
What are hobbies for some people are professions for others. For example, a chef
may enjoy playing computer games as a hobby, whilst a professional game tester might
enjoy cooking. Generally speaking, the person who engages in an activity for fun,
not remuneration, is called an amateur (or hobbyist), as distinct from a professional.