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Middle English passe tyme, calqued on Middle French passe-temps.

Singular
pastime

Plural
pastimes

pastime (plural pastimes)

  1. That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; games
    • 1776, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations,  
      Hunting and fishing, the most important employments of mankind in the rude state of society, become in its advanced state their most agreeable amusements, and they pursue for pleasure what they once followed from necessity. In the advanced state of society, therefore, they are all very poor people who follow as a trade what other people pursue as a pastime.
    • 1883, Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi,  
      ...lax court morals and the absurd chivalry business were in full feather, and the joust and the tournament were the frequent pastime of titled fine gentlemen who could fight better than they could spell...


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