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sport

verb \ ˈspȯrt \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of sport

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 : 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 : to put forth as a sport or bud variation

Examples of sport in a Sentence

  1. She showed up at the party sporting a bright red hat.

  2. from sailing to snorkeling, each day we sported at a different activity offered by the beach resort

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Origin and Etymology of sport

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

sport Synonyms

Synonyms
dally, disport, frolic, recreate, rollick, skylark, play, toy
Related Words
cavort, frisk, gambol, romp; dabble, trifle; amuse, divert, entertain; delight, please; dabble, fiddle (around), mess around, putter (around); bum (around), dawdle, goldbrick, hang, hang about [British], idle, loaf, lounge (around or about), relax, rest, screw around, slack (off); jest, joke, tease
Near Antonyms
drudge, labor, plod, plug (away), slave, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, work

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sport

noun

Definition of sport

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

Examples of sport in a Sentence

  1. She likes to play sport.

  2. Ice-skating with friends is my favorite sport.

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First Known Use of sport

15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

Other General Sports Terms


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sport

adjective
variants: or sports

Definition of sport

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

First Known Use of sport

circa 1586

Other General Sports Terms


SPORT Defined for English Language Learners

sport

verb

Definition of sport for English Language Learners

  • : to wear (something) in a way that attracts attention

  • : to play in a happy and lively way


sport

noun

Definition of sport for English Language Learners

  • : a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other

  • : sports in general

  • : a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment


sport

adjective

Definition of sport for English Language Learners

  • : done for enjoyment rather than as a job or for food for survival

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


SPORT Defined for Kids

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sport

noun \ ˈspȯrt \

Definition of sport for Students

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 : 1fun 3
  • He made sport of their embarrassment.

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sport

verb

Definition of sport for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

sport

noun \ ˈspō(ə)rt, ˈspȯ(ə)rt \

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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