sport

verb
\ ˈspȯrt How to pronounce sport (audio) \
sported; sporting; sports

Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to amuse oneself : frolic lambs sporting in the meadow
b : to engage in a sport
2a : to mock or ridicule something
b : to speak or act in jest : trifle
3 [ 2sport ] : to deviate or vary abruptly from type (as by bud variation) : mutate

transitive verb

1 : to display or wear usually ostentatiously : boast sporting expensive new shoes
2 [ 2sport ] : to put forth as a sport or bud variation

sport

noun

Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a source of diversion : recreation
b : sexual play
c(1) : physical activity engaged in for pleasure
(2) : a particular activity (such as an athletic game) so engaged in
b : often mean-spirited jesting : mockery, derision
3a : something tossed or driven about in or as if in play
4a : sportsman
b : a person considered with respect to living up to the ideals of sportsmanship a good sport a poor sport
c : a companionable person
5 : an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

sport

adjective
variants: or sports

Definition of sport (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or suitable for sports especially : styled in a manner suitable for casual or informal wear sport coats

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Noun

fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose. played cards just for fun jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing. hurt by remarks said only in jest sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone. teasing begun in sport led to anger game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun. made game of their poor relations play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief. pretended to strangle his brother in play

Examples of sport in a Sentence

Verb

She showed up at the party sporting a bright red hat. from sailing to snorkeling, each day we sported at a different activity offered by the beach resort

Noun

She likes to play sport. Ice-skating with friends is my favorite sport.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Whether sporting a classic manicure or changing up her hair shade to something fun and edgy, the pop star isn't afraid to take risks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Ponytail Reportedly Increased the Sale of Hair Extensions in Australia," 14 Aug. 2018 Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena gunned for best dressed of the evening, sporting complimentary looks of their own creation. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Welcome to New York! Europe’s Most Promising Designers Gathered for a MatchesFashion.com-Hosted Dinner," 5 Apr. 2019 Lopez and Wu were photographed on the set of Hustlers Thursday, March 28, sporting incredible looks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Started Filming Their Movie Hustlers, and the Pics Are Already a Hit," 28 Mar. 2019 Middleton is often spotted pushing a stroller while sporting casual chic looks about town. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Poses for a Festive Post-Baby Photo Shoot," 20 Dec. 2018 The artist began sporting platinum blonde, shoulder-length loc extensions. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 Also in the trailer: the aforementioned Freeman sporting an eye patch, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and, of course, actual ballet courtesy of world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland (!). Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The New Trailer for "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Is a Stunning Holiday Dream," 8 Aug. 2018 Rescued by Jim and Patty George of Clinton Township, Michigan, this sporting four-place convertible coupe was originally sold to an Iraqi crown prince. Fox News, "1958 Bentley stolen by Saddam Hussein and destroyed in Iraq War restored in USA," 3 Aug. 2018 In an announcement, Target revealed their new online retail initiative, which will be a curated collection of products—including categories like home, sporting goods, toys, and electronics—from third-party sellers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Target's New Marketplace Will Be Selling a Lot More Online-Exclusive Home Decor," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The developer pledged a hefty $100 million for the next year of competitive play, which resulted in a large number of e-sports teams taking Fortnite seriously. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. Fox News, "NYPD pulls 3,000 body cams off street after one exploded," 22 Oct. 2018 So the sport has tweaked the race format a bit to leave in some of the uncertainty that makes for exciting racing. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 The interior sports beamed ceilings and walls of windows, as well as an open-plan great room anchored by a brick fireplace. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Portland couple trades in a farmhouse for their midcentury dream home," 27 Aug. 2018 Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither of them play the sport. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019 And parents have reason to be concerned about young kids playing the sport. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 The royal even tossed a ball around in heels, proving the duchess can play sports while wearing anything. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears a Black Givenchy Dress to the Royal Academy's Oceania Exhibit," 25 Sep. 2018 Intel says the mini-PCs can play e-sports like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at 1080p resolution, however. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Intel rolls out NUC mini-PCs with 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sport

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sport

Verb

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

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sport

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to wear (something) in a way that attracts attention
literary : to play in a happy and lively way

sport

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 3)

: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other
British : sports in general
: a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment

sport

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sport (Entry 3 of 3)

: done for enjoyment rather than as a job or for food for survival
chiefly US : participating in an activity (such as hunting or fishing) for enjoyment rather than as a job or for food for survival

sport

noun
\ ˈspȯrt How to pronounce sport (audio) \

Kids Definition of sport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : physical activity (as running or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure or exercise Skating is my favorite sport.
2 : a person who shows good sportsmanship He's a sport and doesn't mind losing. Don't be a bad sport.
4 : fun entry 1 sense 3 He made sport of their embarrassment.

sport

verb
sported; sporting

Kids Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wear in a way that attracts attention He sported new sneakers.

sport

noun
\ ˈspō(ə)rt, ˈspȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce sport (audio) \

Medical Definition of sport

: an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

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