sports·​man | \ˈspȯrts-mən \

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 \ adjective
sportsmanly \ˈspȯrts-​mən-​lē \ adjective

Examples of sportsman in a Sentence

He was a keen sportsman all his life.

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Many wear the brand without even being paid for it, which has helped to cement its reputation as the favorite accessory of sportsmen in the US. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beats becomes NBA’s official headphones supplier," 6 Sep. 2018 Howard was an avid sportsman and spectator up until the very end., "Howard Davison," 30 May 2018 Quite good for the sportsman who enjoys late-winter activities, but bad for businesses that depend on spring tourists. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s still winter in the Alaska Range, which is both good and bad," 13 May 2018 But the country’s finest speechmaker since Lincoln would have been around to tell Americans what to make of the Rodney King riots, the deaths of so many young black men, and whether sportsmen should have to stand during the national anthem. The Economist, "A different dream," 5 July 2018 Richard was an avid golfer, sportsman enjoying hunting and fishing, and woodworking. Hartford Courant,, "Richard L. Phillips," 29 June 2018 The case may seem provincial for the highest court in the land — and that is exactly the point, according to supporters of Anchorage businessman and sportsman John Sturgeon. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Supreme Court to rehear moose-hunting case with wider implications for Alaska," 19 June 2018 The program is 100 percent volunteer-driven, led by sportsmen and sportswomen who harvest deer both during regular hunting season and during special off-season cull efforts, which occur when deer become a nuisance to farms or neighborhoods. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Goodwill hunting: How Michigan hunters are helping to feed needy families," 12 June 2018 So went the middle Saturday at Wimbledon, which became a sportsman’s dream and a fan’s logistical nightmare. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Wimbledon Has a New Doubles Event: Tennis and the World Cup," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of sportsman

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sportsman

: a man who participates in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing

: a man who participates in sports


sports·​man | \ˈspȯrts-mən \
plural sportsmen\ˈspȯrts-​mən \

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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