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, Urbanus [pseudonym], “Minor Morals—Answering Letters”, in The Christian Observer, volume XXIX, number IV (328 overall), London: Printed by Ellerton and Henderson, []; published by J[ohn] Hatchard and Son, [], published 1830, OCLC 925539891, page 229, column 1:
      [Letters will not be answered if addressed] 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.
    • 1908 October 17, “Editorial Notes”, in Alfred Holman, editor, The Argonaut, volume LXIII, number 1647, San Francisco, Calif.: Argonaut Publishing Company, OCLC 33214557, page 243, column 3:
      If the Transmississippi Congress shall be left free to work out its normal purposes, to stand as a free platform for the discussion of matters proper and vital to the western side of the continent, it will survive and continue an agency of vast usefulness. But if it is to be victimized by every enthusiast, hobbyist, and crank; if it is to be forced to consider the issues of prohibition, woman's suffrage, parcels-post proposals, and every other kindred agitation, it must speedily be ridden to its death.
    • 1977 September 19, Frank Vaughan, “Hald: Hobbyists Come in Three Varieties”, in E. Drake Lundell Jr., editor, Computerworld: The Newsweekly for the Computer Community, volume XI, number 38, Framingham, Mass.: Computerworld, Inc., OCLC 9743728, page 61, columns 2–3:
      The typical hobbyist – if there is such a creature – is usually a professional in a field that is oriented toward technology, according to [Alan P.] Hald. [] Most of the hobbyists are still involved with 8-bit machines, Hald said.
    • 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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