sports·​man | \ ˈspȯrts-mən How to pronounce sportsman (audio) \

Definition of sportsman

1 : a person who engages in sports (such as hunting or fishing)
2 : a person who shows sportsmanship

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Other Words from sportsman

sportsmanlike \ ˈspȯrts-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce sportsmanlike (audio) \ adjective
sportsmanly \ ˈspȯrts-​mən-​lē How to pronounce sportsmanly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sportsman in a Sentence

He was a keen sportsman all his life.
Recent Examples on the Web The two men shared a brief, sportsman-like hug over the net after the final set. NBC News, "Rafael Nadal wins 13th French Open in victory over Novak Djokovic," 11 Oct. 2020 Being a sportsman doesn’t mean taking all nature can give, but participating in the delicate balance needed for ecosystems to thrive. Danielle Butcher, National Review, "The Hunter’s Role in Conserving Our Natural World," 27 Sep. 2020 This book portrays Nero, not as the murderous tyrant of tradition, but as a young man ever-more reluctant to fulfil his responsibilities as emperor and ever-more anxious to demonstrate his genuine skills as a sportsman and artist. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020 He was named Sports Illustrated magazine’s sportsman of the year and won the Cy Young Award as the National League’s top pitcher. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Tom Seaver, Hall of Fame pitcher for New York’s ‘Miracle Mets’ of ’69, dies at 75," 3 Sep. 2020 There are several phases in the evolution of a complete sportsman, but none are more gratifying than learning to process game at home. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Meat Grinder," 21 Aug. 2020 Every sportsman should own one—and practice with it. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Keys to Starting an Emergency Fire," 4 Aug. 2020 The core buyer of the vault, based on the company's last demographic study, is a sportsman between 35 and 55 with an income of $125,000 or more, Bonvissuto said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Hidden vault concealing guns and money is hot-selling accessory for pickups, SUVs," 13 June 2020 Failed 2020 presidential candidate U.S Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would likely impose new taxes on American sportsmen and women and supports reinstating the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which did not reduce crime. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Biden set to head most anti-gun ticket ever," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sportsman

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sportsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sportsman

US : a man who participates in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing
chiefly British : a man who participates in sports


sports·​man | \ ˈspȯrts-mən How to pronounce sportsman (audio) \
plural sportsmen\ ˈspȯrts-​mən How to pronounce sportsmen (audio) \

Kids Definition of sportsman

: a person who engages in or is interested in sports and especially outdoor sports (as hunting and fishing)

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