\ˈspȯrt \
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 [ 2sport ] : 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 [ 2sport ] : 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

2a : pleasantry, jest

b : often mean-spirited jesting : mockery, derision

3a : something tossed or driven about in or as if in play

b : laughingstock

4a : 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


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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Synonyms & Antonyms for sport

Synonyms: Verb

display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, lay out, parade, produce, show, show off, strut, unveil

Synonyms: Noun

fun, game, jest, play

Antonyms: Noun


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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


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


She likes to play sport. Ice-skating with friends is my favorite sport.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While some women proudly sport a silver mane, many others face the arrival of new gray hairs with dread. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Gray Hair," 27 July 2018 Meyer was then suspended by the club after launching personal attacks against the manager, sporting director and chairman., "Max Meyer Could Move to Turkey After Being Rejected By Liverpool and Arsenal Due to Wage Demands," 13 July 2018 Looking happy to be taking a break from her rigorous Reputation Stadium Tour, Swift rocked a blue and white striped bikini while Alwyn, beer in hand, sported navy swim trunks. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Holds Hands With Boyfriend Joe Alwyn in Turks and Caicos: See the Sweet Pic," 10 July 2018 But between the team’s tradition of frugality and sporting director Earnie Stewart’s departure at the end of the month, Curtin signaled that the die is already cast. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Union's Jim Curtin believes C.J. Sapong's goal drought is 'fixable,' but Cory Burke will get more playing time," 10 July 2018 Marisnick entered Wednesday's game striking out in 47.5 percent of his at-bats while sporting a .174 on-base percentage. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Jake Marisnick gets start for Astros as he looks for offensive spark," 14 June 2018 Collen muscled his way through iconic guitar riffs while sporting his iconic shirtless upper body. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Concert review: Are Def Leppard and Journey getting too old for this kind of thing?," 10 June 2018 Some of the teenagers — hailing from countries including Eritrea, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and El Salvador — wear native clothing while others sport U.S.-brand jeans and sneakers. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "At this school, being ‘different’ is an asset," 5 June 2018 Animals often invade sporting events, but wild creatures in Detroit are really making their presence felt this week. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Daredevil squirrel faces real-life Frogger game on IndyCar race track," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dominique was the only brown face on her team and one of few in the sport. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018 According to the Palace, Will and Kate will be meeting with new apprentices today, in addition to hearing from recent graduates and learning about how the programs are helping Essex as a whole engage with the world of sports. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 2018 Its Sky Bridge, pictured, is a main attraction, but those in the know come for the national sport: eating. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 But beginning in 2009, a series of hotly contested decisions made by the sport’s managing parties allegedly caused most of the international sponsors to back out. Mitchell Nicholson, Popular Mechanics, "The Great American Motorcycle Racing Revival," 7 Sep. 2018 Galeano writes in Soccer in Sun and Shadow, one of the most splendid books on the sport. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Todd was and avid fan of sports – especially the Florida Gators, Atlanta Braves and Oakland Raiders., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 Bono’s Twitter history, however, quickly became a source of controversy for fans of the sport. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Calls Out USA Gymnastics CEO Mary Bono Over Anti-Nike Tweet," 15 Oct. 2018 Apart from his looks, Cody is a huge lover of sports just like his dad. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Can't Get Over How Much Kathie Lee Gifford's Son Cody Looks Like Her Late Husband," 31 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

: 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

: 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

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


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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 \

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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