sport

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verb

sported; sporting; sports

intransitive verb

1
a
: to amuse oneself : frolic
lambs sporting in the meadow
b
: to engage in a sport
2
a
: 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

sport

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noun

1
a
: 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
2
b
: often mean-spirited jesting : mockery, derision
3
a
: something tossed or driven about in or as if in play
4
a
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

sport

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adjective

variants or sports
: of, relating to, or suitable for sports
especially : styled in a manner suitable for casual or informal wear
sport coats
Choose the Right Synonym for sport

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Doug McKay, an Auckland business executive, was sporting an expensive watch, and Trish was carrying bags of designer merchandise purchased from the upscale mall. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2024 Rappers Gunna and 2 Chainz followed suit, sporting eye-catching timepieces by Cartier and Rolex, respectively. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 July 2024
Noun
The park also gives visitors boat access to the lake for water sports. Details: 699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2024 Spanning 18 categories, from housing and offices to health facilities and sport venues, the shortlist was announced by organizers of the annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) on Monday. Oscar Holland, CNN, 10 July 2024
Adjective
Marissa Meyer Meyer, who was a multi-sport athlete at Fairfield High School, is a finalist for the 2023 Sorensen Award, given annually to the nation's top women's collegiate rugby player. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2023 The multi-sport athlete shot 56% from the field and 82% from the free-throw line, and graduates with over 1,000 career points. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for sport 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Sport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sport. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sport

1 of 3 verb
ˈspō(ə)rt How to pronounce sport (audio)
ˈspȯ(ə)rt
1
: to amuse oneself : frolic
2
: to speak or act in fun
3

sport

2 of 3 noun
1
b
: physical activity (as hunting, running, or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure
2
b
: fun entry 1 sense 3
make sport of someone
3
: a person who shows good sportsmanship
4
: an individual that shows a sudden major change from the normal type usually as a result of a mutation
a yellow sport among the red apples

sport

3 of 3 adjective
variants or sports
: of, relating to, or suitable for sports
sports equipment
also : made in a style suitable for casual or informal wear
a sport coat

Medical Definition

: 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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