\ ˈspȯrt How to pronounce sport (audio) \
sported; sporting; sports

Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to amuse oneself : frolic lambs sporting in the meadow
b : to engage in a sport
2a : to mock or ridicule something
b : to speak or act in jest : trifle
3 [sport entry 2] : to deviate or vary abruptly from type (as by bud variation) : mutate

transitive verb

1 : to display or wear usually ostentatiously : boast sporting expensive new shoes
2 [sport entry 2] : to put forth as a sport or bud variation



Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a source of diversion : recreation
b : sexual play
c(1) : physical activity engaged in for pleasure
(2) : a particular activity (such as an athletic game) so engaged in
b : often mean-spirited jesting : mockery, derision
3a : something tossed or driven about in or as if in play
b : a person considered with respect to living up to the ideals of sportsmanship a good sport a poor sport
c : a companionable person
5 : an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue


variants: or sports

Definition of sport (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or suitable for sports especially : styled in a manner suitable for casual or informal wear sport coats

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fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose. played cards just for fun jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing. hurt by remarks said only in jest sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone. teasing begun in sport led to anger game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun. made game of their poor relations play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief. pretended to strangle his brother in play

Examples of sport in a Sentence

Verb She showed up at the party sporting a bright red hat. from sailing to snorkeling, each day we sported at a different activity offered by the beach resort Noun She likes to play sport. Ice-skating with friends is my favorite sport.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The cheapest ice fishing rod almost always comes as a rod/reel combo, giving you a low-cost introduction to sport for around $20 to $30. Bob Beacham,, "The best ice fishing rod," 17 Oct. 2020 These will fast pair with Apple devices thanks to the H1 cheap, feature active noise cancellation and even sport a transparency mode. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here are the best tech deals of Amazon Prime Day 2020," 13 Oct. 2020 Fort Bend ISD was among the districts not to participate in strength and conditioning camps and sport specific instruction. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Travis sweeps Kempner as teams prep for district volleyball," 25 Sep. 2020 Others sport more subtle shapes: The bonnethead’s face looks like a shovel, and the scoophead’s resembles a mushroom slice. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "The Pros and Cons of Swimming With a Hammer Head," 20 Sep. 2020 The Torch Tower isn’t the only piece of architecture in the city to sport a flame, though. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Tokyo Is Building a Skyscraper That Looks Like a Torch and Comes With Views of Mount Fuji," 30 Sep. 2020 The song could sport further gains on next week's charts, following Saxe and Michaels' performance of it on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday (Aug. 30). Xander Zellner, Billboard, "JP Saxe Leads Emerging Artists Chart As 'If the World Was Ending' Hits Hot 100's Top 40," 2 Sep. 2020 Gomes collected items related to slavery, to antebellum life, to Jim Crow, to the Harlem Renaissance, to sport, to the civil rights movement. Washington Post, "A lifetime studying the Black experience — and collecting art related to it," 22 Sep. 2020 Most vertebrates sport hard, calcified bones, and are dubbed the osteichthyans. The Economist, "Palaeontology How the shark forgot his skeleton," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Troopers made a traffic stop about 12:40 a.m. in Harvey when a male passenger attempted to get into the sport utility vehicle’s driver’s side and a trooper saw a gun in his waistband, police said., "Man fatally shot in struggle over gun during state police traffic stop in Harvey," 7 Oct. 2020 Orf, a goalie, is coach of the Akron Vulcans futsal team and remains busy as an ambassador for soccer’s close-cousin sport. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland Crunch soccer team looks to return in 2021," 7 Oct. 2020 Indoor sport facilities, including swimming pools, will only be open to children aged under 18. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, "Paris on maximum virus alert, closing bars, not restaurants," 5 Oct. 2020 Instead, the medical team cleared him to take a brief ride in his armored sport utility vehicle to wave at the crowd of supporters outside the building. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”," 5 Oct. 2020 The Gotham Jacket offers a bit less of an outdoorsy/sport-minded appearance than some other coats, but with few compromises in warmth or features. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Campting: How to Camp in the Cold Like a Pro," 5 Oct. 2020 Teams aren’t likely to redshirt players in 2020, given the NCAA’s decision to allow fall-sport athletes to compete this year without losing any eligibility. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel grad Ty Wise has 'hit ground running,' provides IU football flexibility at LB," 5 Oct. 2020 Otherwise, the market will shrink into trucks, sport-utes, and sports cars, with nothing in between. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "The Right Cars Are Dying: Survival of the Funnest," 3 Oct. 2020 Gibson, born in Nebraska in 1935 as the youngest of seven, first joined the Cardinals in 1959 after initially playing basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters and then deciding on a sport change. Ally Mauch,, "Legendary Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson Dies at 84," 3 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Teammate and school mate, Amanda Bryant, is an Aberdeen senior and multi-sport athlete. Randy Mcroberts,, "Virtual sports set to begin Monday for Harford’s public school athletes," 8 Oct. 2020 Additionally, Lungarini said, moving football to the spring could create challenges for multi-sport athletes, and the risk of overuse injuries would be higher if two football seasons were held in the same calendar year. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Full-contact high school football remains canceled in Connecticut for the fall; CIAC will consider moving season," 16 Sep. 2020 That was the 2019 Fenix 6x Pro Solar Edition, a huge multi-sport watch that starts at more than $1,100 and would probably fit nicely on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wrist. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "These solar-powered smartwatches have seriously long battery lives," 14 Sep. 2020 Mike Rattler grew up watching and idolizing multi-sport stars like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders and taught his son to be versatile as well. Ryan Aber, The Arizona Republic, "Spencer Rattler era as Oklahoma Sooners quarterback begins four years after his commitment," 4 Sep. 2020 Swauger was a fine multi-sport athlete for the Bellevue Tigers graduating in 1951. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Northern Kentucky athletic directors announce hall of fame inductees," 7 Aug. 2020 All-American Scouting Report: Leonard is a multi-sport star who has got all the tools to become a great dual-threat quarterback at the next level. Ben Thomas |, al, "A-List No. 14: 2-sport star Riley Leonard settles on football, Duke for future," 3 Aug. 2020 Jesuit football coach Brandon Hickman worries that flip-flopping seasons would not allow multi-sport athletes to play all of their sports. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Idea of flip-flopping fall and spring seasons is gaining support among coaches, but will UIL and TAPPS go for it?," 28 June 2020 The multi-sport standout will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Houston-Victoria to play baseball. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Hargrave’s Noah Zamora set to continue baseball career at UH-Victoria," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of sport


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sport


Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

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The first known use of sport was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce sport (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to wear (something) in a way that attracts attention
literary : to play in a happy and lively way



English Language Learners Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 3)

: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other
British : sports in general
: a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment



English Language Learners Definition of sport (Entry 3 of 3)

: done for enjoyment rather than as a job or for food for survival
chiefly US : participating in an activity (such as hunting or fishing) for enjoyment rather than as a job or for food for survival


\ ˈspȯrt How to pronounce sport (audio) \

Kids Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : physical activity (as running or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure or exercise Skating is my favorite sport.
2 : a person who shows good sportsmanship He's a sport and doesn't mind losing. Don't be a bad sport.
4 : fun entry 1 sense 3 He made sport of their embarrassment.


sported; sporting

Kids Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wear in a way that attracts attention He sported new sneakers.


\ ˈspō(ə)rt, ˈspȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce sport (audio) \

Medical Definition of sport

: an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

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