sportive

adjective sport·ive \ ˈspȯr-tiv \
Updated on: 28 Apr 2018

Definition of sportive

2 : of or relating to sports and especially field sports

sportively

adverb

sportiveness

noun

Examples of sportive in a Sentence

  1. a sportive pastor who began every sermon with a joke

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First Known Use of sportive

1593

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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