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dis·​port di-ˈspȯrt How to pronounce disport (audio)


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disported; disporting; disports

intransitive verb

: to amuse oneself in light or lively fashion : frolic
disportment noun

Did you know?

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the earliest 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.

Examples of disport in a Sentence

Verb disported themselves with silly games while they waited in the airport a full-service resort where vacationers may disport at a variety of indoor and outdoor activities
Recent Examples on the Web
Zeman has disported himself as one of Putin’s most outspoken allies inside the European Union, in particular as an opponent of the sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine in 2014. David Frum, The Atlantic, 23 Oct. 2017 Today, in the face of widespread public revulsion, some of the marchers discover that being identified disporting themselves has unpleasant consequences. John E. McIntyre, baltimoresun.com, 14 Aug. 2017 They’re seen disporting in matching white bathrobes, doing Tai Chi or playing croquet or doing crossword puzzles or playing cards, seemingly living in slow motion on the manicured lawn and marbled patio of an enormous courtyard. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2017

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Word History



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, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disport was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Disport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disport. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: amuse sense 1, divert
disporting themselves on the beach
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