spor·​tif | \ ˈspȯr-tif How to pronounce sportif (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The duchess stepped out in a bright red puffer in December by Perfect Moment, which had a more sportif feel than her typical toppers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Why Kate Middleton Is the Queen of Coats," 9 Jan. 2020 Customers can shop the sportif collection from locker room to bench press in true technical fashion. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bergdorf Goodman Brings The Chanel Gym To Life," 10 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of sportif

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sportif

French, sporting, of sports, from sport sport, from English

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“Sportif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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