sport·​ing | \ ˈspȯr-tiŋ How to pronounce sporting (audio) \

Definition of sporting

1a : of, relating to, used, or suitable for sport especially : trained for trapping or retrieving game sporting dogs
b : marked by or calling for sportsmanship
c : involving such risk as a sports contender may expect to take or encounter a sporting chance
2 : of or relating to dissipation and especially gambling
3 : tending to mutate freely

Other Words from sporting

sportingly adverb

Examples of sporting in a Sentence

It wasn't very sporting of you to trip him.
Recent Examples on the Web The show's finalists each represent the best of seven different groups of dog breeds: herding, hound, non-sporting, terrier, toy and working. Aj Willingham, CNN, 22 June 2022 To lure non-sporting events, BSE Global needs to negotiate favorable terms with promoters, leaving little room for profit. Jabari Young, Forbes, 18 June 2022 REV Entertainment’s team of roughly 35 full-time employees includes seven who work under a subsidiary business called REV Production Services, which specializes in installing flooring and barricades at stadiums for non-sporting events. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021 Hawks owner/general manager Ben Kerner had trouble securing home dates at the Milwaukee Arena for parts of the season, including in March and most of February, with the venue preferring to schedule non-sporting events as better revenue bets. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 June 2021 Clearly aware of sneakers' cultural power, Nike has since collaborated with luxury fashion labels like Dior and Sacai, as well as non-sporting celebrities such as Travis Scott and somewhat unlikely brands like Ben & Jerry's. CNN, 5 July 2021 On Saturday, hound, toy, non-sporting and herding breed group judging will be telecast on FS1 and streamed live on the FOX NOW and FOX Sports apps. Fox News, 12 June 2021 Small apartments are best suited to toy breeds or small members of other non-sporting dogs. Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 The show includes honorees, finalists and winners in more than 20 sports and will also recognize non-sporting excellence in a variety of categories. USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sporting

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sporting was in 1713

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2 Jul 2022

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“Sporting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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