Is there a word or phrase that describes the time you take off from your home or family to do an activity for your own pleasure, but not alone, such as a beer at the pub with old friends, going to the movies with a neighbor?

"Own time" would suggest spending time on your own, which is not exactly what I'm looking for.

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    me time is an option, but may also imply spending time on your own.
    – Phil Sweet
    Apr 26, 2016 at 13:04

6 Answers 6


I'd go with either
Free Time

time available for hobbies and other activities that you enjoy Free Dictonary

another definition

Free time is time spent away from business, work, job hunting, domestic chores and education. Wikipedia

Or if wanting more formal then:
Lesuire time

time available for ease and relaxation; "his job left him little leisure" Free Dictonary 2


I'll go with downtime

time spent not working; free or leisure time

Webster's New World College Dictionary


I think spare time or time off would fit your criteria.

  • Please provide supporting info such as an example from a reputable publisher even for short answers. Purely opinion based answers are not deemed responsive here. I'm not the downvoter, BTW.
    – Phil Sweet
    Apr 26, 2016 at 16:51
  • @PhilSweet Hi Phil, thanks for the heads up -- I'll be more detailed next time. However, I don't completely understand how any of our answers could be removed from opinion. We all speak and write in different ways, and often it's a matter of style.
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    – choster
    Apr 27, 2016 at 16:21

If you mean special time for a man to spend with his guys then maybe 'guy time ' works here.

Guy time n. When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.

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    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:56
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    – Lawrence
    Dec 15, 2017 at 16:58

Me timeODO

mass noun, informal
Time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy

"schedule some me time when you get home"


Since OP said “but not alone”, I'm going to go with hanging out.

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