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Pastym(e, Pastime, n. Also: pasteme, pasttyme, pasetym, pass-tyme. [e.m.E. pas(s)e-tyme (c 1489), past-tyme (1513), -time, pastyme (1526), a calque of F. passe-temps: cf. Pastance n.]

Pastime, in various applications. Also proverb.a. Recreation; entertainment, amusement, diversion; pleasure. b. An instance of this; a game or sport; an entertainment or diversion.(1) 1528 Lynd. Dreme 104.
Now … Janeuar … Reiffis frome vs all pastyme and plesoure
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6942.
For vther game nor pastime gat scho none
1558-66 Knox II. 319.
Such pastyme to thame is but joyousitie
a1568 Scott v. 67.
Sen every pastyme is at plesure I counsale ȝow to mel with mesure
a1578 Pitsc. I. 163/15.
He wssit mekill huntting and halking witht wther gentill men pastyme
c1590 Fowler II. 28/29. 1599 Elgin Rec. II. 76.
All prophane pastyme inhibited
1601 Ib. 91. c1610 Melville Mem. 7.
Till assist him in sic honest pasetym as he delitis intill
1614 Chron. Perth 14.
Bone fyris, ringing of the bellis with other pastyme
1624 Elgin Rec. II. 184.
Not to … vse ony prophane or lewd pasteme on the Sabothe day
1675 Kelso Bailie Ct. 52 b.
That … thair be no more pastime above the heuche by casting of stones or bullettis
proverb. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 811.
It is no pastyme quhair ane greits & ane other laughs
(2) 1562-3 Winȝet I. 6/14.
Albeit it chance … that he … be gevin to pastyme quhen he sulde maist diligentlie labour
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 37.
Passing to the feildis in pastyme convenit
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xiv. 26.
Be na dysar nor playar at the cairtis Bot gif it be for pastyme and small thing
Ib. cxiii. i.
Pas tyme with godlie cwmpanye … is best for me
1583 Sempill Warning xi.
Quhan he sekis pastyme [etc.]
1588 Warrender P. II. 126. c1600 Montg. Suppl. v. 2.
Sen thou takis pastym for to pyne Thay sarwandis [etc.]
1608 Crim. Trials III. ii.
Haveing maid some consaitis of pastyme in the house [etc.]
(3) 1528 Douglas Corr. 125.
The kingis grace departit over Forthe for his pastyme quhill neir Pasche
1549 Elgin Rec. I. 96.
Fourty schillingis … given … to Alexander Williamson, Lord Abbot, to be spendit at his pastyme
1560 Rolland Seven S. 10276.
Thay fand them baith at thair pastime playing
c 1570 Wemyss Chart. 201.
Beand at thair pasttyme at the roll bowlis
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. cxiii. 10.
All plesour vane I will refuse For my pastyme the Bybill vse
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 12.
They returnit to thair auld pastyme agane
1573 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 46. 1575–6 Reg. Privy C. II. 506.
Thair cheif pastyme of hunting
1580 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 307.
Maist pleasant for our pastyme and … dwelling in the symmer seasoun
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 85.
Umquhile Androw Ardes, wobster, in his pastym tuik ane lining towall [etc.]
1600 Crim. Trials II. 252.
His majestie … was led fra his pastyme to Sanct Johnestoun
1611 Reg. Panmure I. xxxi.
He on adventur did meit them, beine thear at his pastyme
16.. Hist. Kennedy 22.
The ȝoung laird and his broder … hanttis the feildis for thair pastyme
(4) 1581–2 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 470.
To the bairnis makeris of the pastyme to the kingis majestie
1592 Mill Mediæv. Plays 282.
That nane off the burght be sufferit to go … to the pastyme off Scone
1644 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. III. 34.
The Penitents Pass-tyme … imprinted by Edward Raban
(5) 1526 Mill Mediæv. Plays 159.
Togiddyr with all pageantis & sportis & plesand pastymes quhilk salbe diuisit to the plesour of oure said souerane lord [etc.]
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1846.
And … halking and hunting Ar honest pastimes for ane king
1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 172. 1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 81.
Manlie pastymes
a1578 Pitsc. I. 340/5.
Games and pastymes as schotting, lepping, ryding and warsling
1590 Burel Queen's Entry 5.
All curious pastimes and consaits [which] Cud be imaginat be man
1592 Errol Par. Reg. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 243.
Discharges all bringing in off mayes … and pastymes on the Lordis day
1592 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 63.
That na inhabitants … be sene at ony pastymes … upoun the Sabboth day sic as golf, archerie, rowbowllis, penny stane, kaitchpuilis
1598 Acts IV. 160/1. 1633 Maxwell Mem. I. 228.
The morne, the towne of Edinburgh moosteris and makis swndrie bonie pastymes
1639 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 593.(6) attrib. and comb. 1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 172.
Insamekle that thair is no wther place left to play interludis in … nor pastyme ground for the induellaris [etc.]
1554 Crim. Trials I. i. 372.
Quhair thai wer dowblate allane at thair pastyme play and at the row-bowlis in the hie marcate gait
1605 Mill Mediæv. Plays 245.
To the menstrillis, officeris and belringeris for pastyme making

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