sports·​man ˈspȯrts-mən How to pronounce sportsman (audio)
: a person who engages in sports (such as hunting or fishing)
: a person who shows sportsmanship
sportsmanlike adjective
sportsmanly adjective

Example Sentences

He was a keen sportsman all his life.
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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sportsman was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Sportsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


sports·​man ˈspō(ə)rt-smən How to pronounce sportsman (audio)
: a person who engages in or is interested in sports and especially outdoor sports
sportsmanlike adjective
sportsmanly adjective
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