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
Recent Examples on the Web These expedition-style vessels attract nature-minded, science-curious and sportive travelers, who revel in the great outdoors. Laura Manske, Forbes, "G0 Wild: Discover The Best Post-Pandemic Trips Of A Lifetime," 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, "Madagascar’s endangered lemurs are being killed during pandemic lockdowns," 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, "Madagascar’s endangered lemurs are being killed during pandemic lockdowns," 14 Dec. 2020 In general, the ride quality is sportive but not punishing. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 There is, from the outset, a sportive tension to the relationship between the two women. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Is More Than a “Manifesto on the Female Gaze”," 4 Mar. 2020 The path there is a sportive mash-up of fact and fiction. Maya Phillips, New York Times, "Review: Blood Runs Too Thick in ‘Doctors Jane and Alexander’," 7 Feb. 2020 The reader is also provided essential details about Heller’s memorial service, where to send donations, and who survives him — but even these particulars are delivered in a sportive spirit of fun-poking and wit. NBC News, "How to write the perfect obituary, according to professional writers," 21 Sep. 2019 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

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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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4 May 2021

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“Sportive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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