Definition of sporting
1a : of, relating to, used, or suitable for sport; especially : trained for trapping or retrieving game sporting dogsb : marked by or calling for sportsmanshipc : 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
Examples of sporting in a Sentence
It wasn't very sporting of you to trip him.
Recent Examples of sporting from the Web
Chicago is one of the finest restaurant cities on the planet, a city of fantastic neighborhoods and great people and a vibrant cultural and sporting life, including polite wagers on federal indictments.
Since then, Brown has gone on to be a camera operator for several motion pictures, including The Shining and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, plus sporting events like the Olympics and the Superbowl.
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First Known Use of sporting
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Definition of sporting for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or used in sports
: fairly good
: done or behaving in a way that treats the other people in a sport or competition fairly
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