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sport

play
verb \ˈspȯrt\

Definition of sport

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to amuse oneself :  frolic <lambs sporting in the meadow>b :  to engage in a sport

  3. 2a :  to mock or ridicule somethingb :  to speak or act in jest :  trifle

  4. 3 [2sport] :  to deviate or vary abruptly from type (as by bud variation) :  mutate

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to display or wear usually ostentatiously :  boast <sporting expensive new shoes>

  7. 2 [2sport] :  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>

Origin and Etymology of sport

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten


First Known Use: 15th century


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sport

noun

Definition of sport

  1. 1a :  a source of diversion :  recreationb :  sexual playc (1) :  physical activity engaged in for pleasure (2) :  a particular activity (as an athletic game) so engaged in

  2. 2a :  pleasantry, jestb :  often mean-spirited jesting :  mockery, derision

  3. 3a :  something tossed or driven about in or as if in playb :  laughingstock

  4. 4a :  sportsmanb :  a person considered with respect to living up to the ideals of sportsmanship <a good sport> <a poor sport>c :  a companionable person

  5. 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.

15th Century

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

Definition of sport

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

1582

First Known Use of sport

1582

Variants of sport

or

sports

Other General Sports Terms



SPORT Defined for English Language Learners

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sport

play
verb \ˈspȯrt\

Definition of sport for English Language Learners

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

  • : to play in a happy and lively way


2

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


3

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

play
noun \ˈspȯrt\

Definition of sport for Students

  1. 1 :  physical activity (as running or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure or exercise <Skating is my favorite sport.>

  2. 2 :  a person who shows good sportsmanship <He's a sport and doesn't mind losing.> <Don't be a bad sport.>

  3. 3 :  pastime, recreation

  4. 4 :  1fun 3 <He made sport of their embarrassment.>


2

sport

play
verb

Definition of sport for Students

sported

sporting

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


Medical Dictionary

sport

play
noun \ˈspō(ə)rt, ˈspȯ(ə)rt\

Medical Definition of sport

  1. :  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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