\ 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

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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 Aden was the first woman to sport a hijab and burkini in the magazine, SI revealed in April 2019. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Valentina Sampaio makes history as first openly transgender Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model," 10 July 2020 People may not sport socks in the summer but his firm starts shipping them to retailers in July, ahead of the start of the school year. The Economist, "Collateral damage Trade finance stumbles into the digital era," 4 July 2020 Celebs wear them on the red carpet, influencers sport them on Instagram, and heck, even the Queen of England has been photographed striking a pose with her hands in her dress pockets. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, "These 5 Best-Selling Amazon Dresses All Have Pockets — and They’re All Under $35," 12 July 2020 The release does not say exactly which sport those individuals are associated with. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU athletics reports 4 positive COVID-19 tests," 10 July 2020 The third-generation Raptor should sport unique exterior styling, as illustrated above. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Raptor: Here's What to Expect," 10 July 2020 Those virus-creatures might sport graduation caps; many wear masks. Washington Post, "Covid-shaped cakes and cupcakes are popping up in fine-dining restaurants, bakeries and home kitchens around the world," 9 July 2020 Nothing feels more like summer than July, and though yes, summer looks different this year, to say the least, the urge to sport a look is stronger than ever after months of being married to loungewear. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "30 Black Fashionistas To Follow On Instagram," 8 July 2020 And that joystick will reportedly sport an eight-way digital switch, which should be a huge improvement over the squishier analog joystick found on 2018's Neo Geo Mini. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sega’s next retro hardware is a 1/6th-scale multi-game arcade cabinet," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gray was suspended in October by USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Former USA Gymnastics Coach Terry Gray Arrested on 14 Charges of Lewdness with a Minor," 13 July 2020 Finger-licking, a reflex the sport over, is suddenly forbidden in Major League Baseball in 2020 under protocols aimed at guarding against the coronavirus. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s, Giants working to kick their spitting, high-fiving, finger-licking habits," 13 July 2020 Walcott became, in 1993, the first chairman of the International Cricket Council, the sport’s governing body, who was not from England. Huw Richards,, "Everton Weekes, Cricket Star and Pioneer, Is Dead at 95," 12 July 2020 Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season – and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. Stephen Whyno And John Wawrow, The Arizona Republic, "NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA; Coyotes open camp Monday," 12 July 2020 Coach Clayton has a tremendous amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm for growing the sport of wrestling at Milford. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Milford hires retired Marine combat pilot, Naval Academy alum to lead wrestling program," 11 July 2020 This year, the team was granted a WorldTour license, ensuring the riders will compete in the sport's biggest races, chief among them the Tour de France. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams plans to 'make history' with Chris Froome," 11 July 2020 While leading the sport’s most popular franchise to the playoffs twice in four seasons, Prescott made just over $680,000 per year. John Owning, Dallas News, "The 3 best values on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster now that QB Dak Prescott is set to make big money," 10 July 2020 Marquee non-conference matchups at the beginning of the season are part of why the sport is beloved. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "The Big Ten is doing everything it can to play football this fall. And it still may not be enough," 10 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The multi-sport standout will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Houston-Victoria to play baseball. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Hargrave’s Noah Zamora set to continue baseball career at UH-Victoria," 7 July 2020 Multi-sport athlete with impressive top-end speed thanks to long stride. oregonlive, "Ketron Jackson, 4-star wide receiver, includes Oregon State Beavers in top 7," 3 June 2020 Justin was a multi-sport athlete growing up, playing basketball through his sophomore year at Carmel. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Shutdown? Not to recruiting for Carmel offensive lineman Justin Pickett," 23 June 2020 Marsh is a multi-sport athlete, also competing in track. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Denton Ryan three-star LB/DB Ty Marsh commits to Houston," 17 June 2020 JackRabbit has recovery and tech fitness equipment such as Garmin multi-sport watches. oregonlive, "Father’s Day: Great sports, exercise gift ideas to get dads fit," 14 June 2020

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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

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

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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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

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