sport

verb
\ ˈspȯrt How to pronounce sport (audio) \
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 [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

noun

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

adjective
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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Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On May 28, the day the bids were due in Kyiv, Williams again accompanied Bleyzer, who photos show was sporting a Western-style shirt with a Stars and Stripes pattern, to the offices of Ukraine’s energy ministry to submit their company’s bid. BostonGlobe.com, "KYIV, Ukraine — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country’s new president.," 12 Nov. 2019 On May 28, the day the bids were due in Kyiv, Williams again accompanied Bleyzer, who photos show was sporting a Western-style shirt with a Stars and Stripes pattern, to the offices of Ukraine’s energy ministry to submit their company’s bid. Washington Post, "After boost from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine," 11 Nov. 2019 On May 28, the day the bids were due in Kyiv, Williams again accompanied Bleyzer, who photos show was sporting a Western-style shirt with a Stars and Stripes pattern, to the offices of Ukraine's energy ministry to submit their company's bid. Anchorage Daily News, "After push from Energy Secretary Rick Perry, his backers got a huge gas deal in Ukraine," 11 Nov. 2019 On May 28, the day the bids were due in Kyiv, Williams again accompanied Bleyzer, who photos show was sporting a Western-style shirt with a Stars and Stripes pattern, to the offices of Ukraine's energy ministry to submit their company's bid. NBC News, "After push from Rick Perry, his backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine," 11 Nov. 2019 The chain’s new store, sporting its next generation design and service kiosks, opened today at 1284 Montgomery Hwy. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Dunkin’ opens new Vestavia Hills location," 5 Nov. 2019 Less than a week ago, Khloé Kardashian posted a stunning shot of herself on Instagram sporting super-long Rapunzel hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Just Debuted an A-Line Long Bob," 10 Oct. 2019 Both mobile and desktop versions are launching Monday, sporting an identical 22 compute units and 1,408 stream processors, as well as a 128-bit memory interface. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD's Radeon RX 5500 graphics card brings Navi to the masses with 'next level 1080p gaming'," 7 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, George went for the classic-dad-at-brunch look, sporting a blue polo shirt and jeans. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Steps Out in an Elegant Emerald Look for Date Night with George," 2 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun USA TODAY Sports The two greatest words in sports: Game 7. USA TODAY, "How to watch Astros vs. Nationals World Series Game 7: MLB live stream, schedule, TV channel, start time," 31 Oct. 2019 There’s been a lot of different things that have happened in all sports. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State is at the epicenter of the NCAA's transfer conundrum," 30 Oct. 2019 The 37-year-old basketball player — who announced his retirement in June — was given one of the highest honors in sports on Monday night: the retirement of his jersey. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Tony Parker Honored by Former Teammates in Special Ceremony to Retire San Antonio Spurs Jersey," 12 Nov. 2019 State champions have already been crowned in golf and the sectional finals are underway in several sports. BostonGlobe.com, "Girls’ soccer," 11 Nov. 2019 Those who participate in team sports may make contacts in the locker room that help them in their careers. The Economist, "Take the money and run," 9 Nov. 2019 Typical of the existing socioeconomic model in American youth sports, Serpone looked down upon a sea of white faces. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "The Real Cost of Diversifying College Rosters," 7 Nov. 2019 Gender pay gap in soccer Equality in sport has been in the spotlight in recent years with many cases of international sportswomen taking a stand. Helen Regan, CNN, "Australia's women footballers get equal pay in landmark deal," 6 Nov. 2019 Ruth memorabilia is among the most valuable in the sports collectible industry. Fox News, "Rare Red Sox World Series Championship baseball signed by Babe Ruth goes up for auction," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sport

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

History and Etymology for sport

Verb

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

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Time Traveler for sport

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

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sport.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sported. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for sport

sport

verb
How to pronounce sport (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to wear (something) in a way that attracts attention
literary : to play in a happy and lively way

sport

noun

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

sport

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sport (Entry 3 of 3)

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

sport

noun
\ ˈspȯrt How to pronounce sport (audio) \

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.

sport

verb
sported; sporting

Kids Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 2)

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

sport

noun
\ ˈspō(ə)rt, ˈspȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce sport (audio) \

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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