ESL Hobbies and Free Time Vocabulary

English Words and phrases for Hobbies and Free Time

To be an enthusiast of something
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To be actively interested in something.

“My uncle is an antique car enthusiast. Every weekend he goes to car shows in the city.”

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Avid
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To be very enthusiastic about something.

“John is an avid sports fan. He goes to every baseball and football game he can.”

Outdoorsman
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A person who enjoys being outside and doing outdoor activities.

“If you live in a cabin in the middle of the woods you better be an outdoorsman. There is nothing else to do!”

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A buff
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A person who is really interested in a certain activity or subject.

“Jane’s grandfather is a history buff. He spends all of his free time reading up on World War II history.”

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To be a freak of something
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To like something so much that it is almost unhealthy.

“Robert is a workout freak. I hope he doesn’t hurt himself in the gym lifting too much weight.”

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Couch potato
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A person who sits in front of the TV all day.

“I’m afraid my son is turning into a couch potato. He sits in front of the TV for hours if he can get away with it.”

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Gamer
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A person who plays a lot of video games.

“Dan’s brother is a gamer. He usually plays video games all night long.”

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Party animal
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A person who is always up for a party and usually takes it too far.

“My roommate in college was a party animal. He ended up failing out of college.”

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Homebody
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A person who always stays at home instead of going out.

“Since we had the baby, I have become a homebody. I have no interest in going out anymore.”

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To be a regular
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To be a person who is always at a certain place like a restaurant or bar.

“Harry is a regular at the Mexican restaurant down the street. The whole staff knows his name and what he likes to eat.”

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A Mr. Fix it
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To be good with tools and fixing things around the house.

“My dad would definitely be considered a Mr. Fix it. I think he roams around the house looking for things to repair.”

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To tinker around
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To casually repair or adjust mechanical items like cars or computers.

“My brother decided to tinker around with my computer and he actually has it running faster!”

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To be a do-gooder
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A person who spends free time trying to help others.

“The old couple down the street are do-gooders. They are always bringing dinner to neighbors who are sick or in trouble.”

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A social butterfly
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A person who loves social interaction and is always out with friends.

“My wife is a social butterfly. She is always finding excuses to have people over for dinner. I wish she would just relax.”

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To be a __________ guy
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To be a person who is known for liking and participating in a certain activity.

“I am an outdoor guy. I am most happy when I’m out in my yard playing with the kids or doing yard work..”

  • Conversation Activity for Hobby Vocabulary
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  • Word Order Worksheet for Hobbies
  • Listening Activity for Hobbies Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary for Hobbies Reading Worksheet
  • Hobbies Vocabulary Worksheet II
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