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
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
In photographs of the time, usually for holidays and other occasions, Dan could be seen sporting an ascot, jaunty suspenders.—Martha McPhee, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 The late monarch sported a tartan skirt, a staple of her wardrobe during her visits to Scotland.—Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 Sunnyvale, coming off a loss to Class 5A Terrell and sporting a two-quarterback system with Jackson Smith and Nelson Peterson, will provide a stiffer test.—Greg McKenna, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 Starting Thursday, adults in Kentucky will finally be able to place bets on sporting events at six facilities across the commonwealth.—The Courier-Journal, 6 Sep. 2023 But what caught fans’ eyes was a white armband ‘Set sported on his left arm.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 5 Sep. 2023 There are plenty of heritage homes and hotels, often sporting the tropical modernist look spearheaded by star Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.—Sophie Prideaux, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Sep. 2023 Petrovic, 23, bolstered the struggling back line but the Revolution failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since Bruce Arena became sporting director/head coach in 2019.—Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2023 Both in all black, Jenner sported a camouflage-print cap while the pro surfer wore her ultra-long beachy locks down past her hips.—Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023
After a two-year break from the sport, Biles is back and stronger than ever.—Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 The Fan Sports Roundup Get the latest D-FW sports news, analysis, scores and more.—Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2023 The sneaker’s leather footbed and gum outsoles are a nod to the deep rooted history and heritage that Puma has with the sport of football.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 9 Sep. 2023 Currently, Fubo and Sling are the only major streaming services that carry Pac-12 Network, which will get you the most Pac-12 college sports events.—oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2023 Grievance of the week Coaching matters in football more than in any other sport — basketball, baseball, pickleball, jai alai, whatever.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 Still, male players refused to let women join their burgeoning sports union, so the Women's Tennis Association was formed in 1973.—Danya Bacchus, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2023 Most of the athletes diagnosed with CTE played football as their primary sport, with others playing ice hockey and soccer.—Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 Some of the greatest athletes ever have competed in track and field like say Usain Bolt, but the sport gets minimal attention in comparison to pro team sports like the NBA.—Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 Aug. 2023
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 Multi-sport athletes Aiden Jones and Aiden Link all played two years.—Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2023 The newest set of football immortals included former Auburn High School multi-sport athlete and Troy football standout DeMarcus Ware.—Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 9 Feb. 2023 Woods seemingly was a multi-sport athlete at Northwestern, based on his Hudl page highlighting his time as a football player for the Colts.—Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 1 Feb. 2023 The multi-sport athlete dropped 29 in a three-point win over Clinton Central and came close to triple-doubles against Covenant Christian, Delphi and Frankfort. ...—Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Jan. 2023 Wednesday at the start of NCAA’s final signing period of the school year, the multi-talented, multi-sport Francis Parker senior signed to play football for Army.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2023 Gamers of all ages will love the TopGolf Swing Suite featuring a large screen, several multi-sport games and comfortable lounge seating.—Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 27 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten