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

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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 Alaska sport fishing licenses are available at most sporting goods shops, even many grocery and convenience stores, and online, of course. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, "Casting call: Urban and remote Alaska are where fishing dreams come true," 28 May 2020 The incident happened Sunday evening during an event with iRacing, which has been embraced by NASCAR since the coronavirus pandemic closed down most sporting events. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'No excuse': NASCAR star suspended after using n-word during virtual race," 13 Apr. 2020 The Coachella music festival was postponed until October, as the outbreak affected plans for cultural and sporting events worldwide. Chris Stanford, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Joe Biden, Harvey Weinstein: Your Wednesday Briefing," 11 Mar. 2020 The New York Auto Show joins a growing list of cultural and sporting events around the world that have been canceled or postponed due to the widening global pandemic. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "New York Auto Show postponed due to coronavirus fears," 10 Mar. 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine noted in a press conference Tuesday that experts want limits on large gatherings of people, which would include sporting events and the Opening Day parade. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds told to avoid autographs, handshakes with fans over new coronavirus concerns," 11 Mar. 2020 France has also closed down schools in particularly hard-hit areas of the country and dozens of concerts, and cultural and sporting events have been cancelled or postponed France-wide due to the outbreak. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Coronavirus: France's Tomorrowland Music Festival Canceled," 5 Mar. 2020 Watch any broadcast of an NFL game – or most sporting events, for that matter – and many of the ads are geared toward men. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Watch and see how women are taking control of the Super Bowl," 2 Feb. 2020 After years of financial and sporting uncertainty, 1860 Munich fell to 16th in the 2., "7 of the Worst Run Clubs in Europe's Top Divisions," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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6 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sporting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sporting

: of, relating to, or used in sports
: fairly good
chiefly British : done or behaving in a way that treats the other people in a sport or competition fairly

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