hobbyist

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François Barraud, Le Philatéliste (The Philatelist, 1929). The painting depicts a philatelist – one type of hobbyist

hobby +‎ -ist.

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hobbyist (plural hobbyists)

  1. A person who is interested in an activity or a subject as a hobby.
    This computer magazine is targeted at both professionals and hobbyists.
    • 1829 April, “Minor Morals―Answering Letters”, in The Christian Observer, volume 29, page 229:
      [] to a lady who is so busy with his own verses, or a scholar with a Greek scholium, or a hobbyist with his hobby, or any many with his own schemes and projects however good and important they may be, that he feels no interest in the concerns of others.
    • 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic[1], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, ISSN 0027-9358, OCLC 1049714034, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
      Presently the skies are cluttered with drones—2.5 million of which were purchased in 2016 by American hobbyists and businesses.

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