sport·​ive ˈspȯr-tiv How to pronounce sportive (audio)
: of or relating to sports and especially field sports
sportively adverb
sportiveness noun

Example Sentences

a sportive pastor who began every sermon with a joke
Recent Examples on the Web Revel, too, in more sportive jaunts, such as volcano hiking, horseback-riding, zip-lining, rappelling down waterfalls, fishing and white-water river rafting. Laura Manske, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 The rarest is the Sahafary sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis), found in a tiny area in northern Madagascar. Anna Funk, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2020 The remaining lineage split into the sportive lemurs (Lepilemuridae), and the dwarf and mouse lemurs (Cheirogaleidae; right). Discover Magazine, 17 Mar. 2011 His actions impact the reputation of his colleagues, sportive results, and eventually can be damaging to our game. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 26 Sep. 2022 The sportive rhythm of the show doesn’t preclude tragedy. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 These expedition-style vessels attract nature-minded, science-curious and sportive travelers, who revel in the great outdoors. Laura Manske, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 In Montagne des Français, the exclusive habitat of the northern sportive lemur—a seven-inch tall, grayish-brown animal known for its shrill screams—patrols have identified areas newly denuded for charcoal production. Dina Fine Maron, Animals, 14 Dec. 2020 About 80 percent of these sportive lemurs have been wiped out during the past two decades because of habitat loss and hunting, and fewer than a hundred are thought to survive today. Dina Fine Maron, Animals, 14 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sportive was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Sportive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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sport·​ive ˈspōrt-iv How to pronounce sportive (audio)
sportively adverb
sportiveness noun
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