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disport

play
noun dis·port \di-ˈspȯrt\

Definition of disport

archaic

  1. :  sport, pastime



14th Century

First Known Use of disport

14th century


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disport

verb dis·port

Definition of disport

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  divert, amuse

  3. 2 :  display

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to amuse oneself in light or lively fashion :  frolic

disportment

play \-mənt\ noun


Examples of disport in a sentence

  1. <disported themselves with silly games while they waited in the airport>

  2. <a full-service resort where vacationers may disport at a variety of indoor and outdoor activities>



Did You Know?

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first writers to amuse the reading public with the verb "disport." Chaucer and his contemporaries carried the word into English from Anglo-French, adapting it from desporter, meaning "to carry away, comfort, or entertain." The word can ultimately be traced back to the Latin verb portare, meaning "to carry." "Deport," "portable," and "transport" are among the members of the "portare" family.

Origin and Etymology of disport

Middle English, from Anglo-French desporter, to carry away, comfort, entertain, from des- dis- + porter to carry, from Latin portare — more at fare


First Known Use: 14th century


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