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

Definition of disport

 (Entry 1 of 2)



disported; disporting; disports

Definition of disport (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to amuse oneself in light or lively fashion : frolic

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Other Words from disport


disportment \ di-​ˈspȯrt-​mənt How to pronounce disport (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for disport

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

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: Verb 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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First Known Use of disport


14th century, in the meaning defined above


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

History and Etymology for disport


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

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“Disport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disport. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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