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.

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Eusebio had the chance to win the 1968 final for Benfica, but was denied by a now iconic close range save by United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, which the Portuguese striker openly applauded his opponent for, such was his humble and sporting nature., "On This Day in 1968 Man Utd Made History by Becoming the First English Club to Win the European Cup," 29 May 2018 Sports are an ideal form of fitness, as most sporting events range from 45-60 minutes in duration., "7 simple steps for staying in shape this summer," 24 May 2018 The most sporting element in the new Camry XSE is something the new Honda Accord won't have: a V-6 engine. Robert Duffer,, "Lights, Camry, action: 2018 Toyota Camry is anything but boring," 29 Aug. 2017 Their sample sizes are small and, of course, there is no science to connect political and sporting events to weather. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "Get ready? Shutdown winters tend snowy, and recent Olympic Februaries had huge storms," 23 Jan. 2018 Sports programming typically has live viewership of well over 90%, and that is primarily how sporting events are sold to advertisers. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Live TV Ratings Aren’t Fully Accounting for Streaming Viewers," 6 Dec. 2017 My dream has always been to develop the model, in both an economic and sporting sense, as far as possible., "Monaco Vice-President Discusses Why the Club Turned Down Arsenal's Move for Lemar," 10 Sep. 2017 Last year, in the wake of several high profile killings of unarmed blacks by police, Kaepernick decided to sit, and later to kneel during the National Anthem, which is played before most sporting events, including NFL games. Solomon Jones,, "Michael Vick is wrong: A haircut won't help Colin Kaepernick, or any black man," 18 July 2017 The AFC's exit leaves Sullivan Arena — which opened in 1983 as a sports and entertainment facility — with very few sporting events. Beth Bragg, Alaska Dispatch News, "AFC leaves Sullivan Arena for Alaska Airlines Center," 20 July 2017

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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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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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