sport·​ive | \ ˈspȯr-tiv How to pronounce sportive (audio) \

Definition of sportive

2 : of or relating to sports and especially field sports

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Other Words from sportive

sportively adverb
sportiveness noun

Examples of sportive in a Sentence

a sportive pastor who began every sermon with a joke

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This acquisition will generate economic and financial effects starting from 2018/2019 sportive season., "Joao Cancelo Signs 5 Year Deal at Juventus After Agreeing €40m Switch From Valencia," 27 June 2018 There are glimpses of a version of the series that’s more sportive, less self-serious. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Westworld’ Gets a Partial Upgrade for Season 2," 18 Apr. 2018 Examples in the show from his time in Paris include small, sportive portraits of an uncle and, from 1866, a life-size, heroically clunky one of his father reading a leftist newspaper—which the starchy patriarch would not have liked. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Lurchingly Uneven Portraits of Paul Cézanne," 21 Feb. 2011 On South Beach, more sportive activities include beachside volleyball, basketball and soccer, glass-bottom kayaking, paddle boarding and Zorbs, in which riders enter giant inflatable balls. Richard Tribou,, "Royal Caribbean to give private Bahamas island massive makeover," 16 Mar. 2018 Complimenti davvero, sei stata una delle migliori figure sportive nella quale mi sono imbattuto., "Football World Pays Tribute to Davide Astori After Tragic Death of Fiorentina Defender," 4 Mar. 2018 Woody Harrelson and Sean Penn, for instance, had something of a sportive one-upmanship on the set of The Thin Red Line, culminating in an elaborate prank that ended at a police station. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Hollywood bad-boy Nick Nolte tells all in his memoir, 'Rebel'," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sportive

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sportive was in 1593

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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