\ 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 [sport entry 2] : 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 [sport entry 2] : to put forth as a sport or bud variation



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
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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for sport


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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And on her reality TV show The Simple Life, as well as in numerous paparazzi photos, Hilton sported the Ugg and sweat pant combo. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Mouse on 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Are Almost Certain They Know The Celeb's Identity," 4 Jan. 2020 Agents also learned that Al Helwani tried to buy a shotgun from an Indianapolis-area sporting goods store in October of 2016. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Syrian national living in Fishers indicted on federal firearm charges found not guilty," 9 Dec. 2019 Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic said of Abraham., "Heat’s longtime guard Dwyane Wade spends day with team in Los Angeles," 10 Nov. 2019 Moderator Whoopi Goldberg sported an elaborate feline costume as Church the cat who came back from the dead in Pet Sematary. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Talk Shows Celebrate Halloween With Multiple Versions of Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Pennywise," 31 Oct. 2019 Some even sported saffron cowboy hats (this being Texas, after all). Sahil Wajid, Quartz India, "I was at the Howdy, Modi! rally, and it was not all cheers," 24 Sep. 2019 For Inter Miami, managing owner Jorge Mas and sporting director Paul McDonough will be present. Mitchell Northam,, "MLS Expansion Draft set for Nov. 19; Inter Miami, Nashville SC to select 5 players," 19 Sep. 2019 The youngest of Kim's clan made his debut on the family's Christmas card this year, which sported a different color scheme than their gift wrap. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian Reveals That She Wraps Her Family's Christmas Presents in Cloth," 21 Dec. 2019 But Barnes, who also sported a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater and flashing Christmas lights around her neck, was quick to put a damper on her own festivities. Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters across the nation rally for impeachment," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yes, here's a Volvo that is a plug-in hybrid, a high-performance sport-ute, and an everyday compact luxury crossover rolled into one by the automaker's in-house tuner, Polestar. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered Is as Quirky as It Is Handsome," 9 Jan. 2020 Watt and Ohai frequently watch sports together at home and discuss how to prepare for their respective games. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt weighs in on Kealia Ohai being traded," 8 Jan. 2020 Another app, PickleStat, designed to advance the sport through stat keeping, followed. al, "Stay Playing: 3 local sports leagues for all ages," 8 Jan. 2020 But there have been questions whether the longest break in the CFP’s six seasons has been good for the sport, especially in the shadows of the NFL playoffs. Pete Iacobelli,, "Delay of game: National title on hold amidst 2-week wait," 7 Jan. 2020 In 2001 Mr Hearn took over the PDC and set about revitalising the sport. The Economist, "How darts flew from pastime to prime time," 2 Jan. 2020 Still, the sport’s cultural clout has declined this decade. Sean Gregory, Time, "My Top Sports Moment of the Decade: The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series," 31 Dec. 2019 The world watched Vail’s Lindsey Vonn became one of Alpine skiing’s all-time greats, while fellow skier Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest slalom champion in the sport’s history. The Denver Post, "Colorado’s biggest stories of the past decade," 31 Dec. 2019 At age 13, O’Brien, who lived to play sports, felt a persistent pain in his knee that eluded a diagnosis. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: ‘Rowing the boat,’ young Casey O’Brien seems to have learned the secrets to living a good life," 29 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sport.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sport


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


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


circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sport


Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sport

Time Traveler for sport

Time Traveler

The first known use of sport was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for sport

Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sport.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sport


How to pronounce sport (audio)

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



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



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


\ 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.


sported; sporting

Kids Definition of sport (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sport

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for sport

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sport

Spanish Central: Translation of sport

Nglish: Translation of sport for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sport for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about sport

Comments on sport

What made you want to look up sport? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to insert between existing elements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!