hobby-horse definition

  • noun:
    • alternate spelling of hobby horse.
    • the principal performers in a morris-dance, having a figure of a horse manufactured from wickerwork supported about their waistline, along with his foot concealed by a housing. He performed antics imitating the movements of a horse, and different juggling tricks.
    • somebody who functions in a foolish, subservient fashion.
    • A wooden figure of a horse, usually provided with rockers, for kids to drive on.
    • A favorite quest or topic: today generally pastime. See pastime, n., 3.
    • a type of velocipede; the draisine.

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