sporting

adjective
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 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 The show includes honorees, finalists and winners in more than 20 sports and will also recognize non-sporting excellence in a variety of categories. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 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. Detroit Free Press, 12 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. The Indianapolis Star, 12 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. The Arizona Republic, 12 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. The Enquirer, 12 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. The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2021

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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 May 2021

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“Sporting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporting. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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sporting

adjective

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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