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.

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Non-sportsmen find plenty to see and do at the annual Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show. Morgan Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five must-sees and do’s at the 2018 Journal Sentinel Sports Show," 9 Mar. 2018 Treasure Valley sportsmen also zip down Simco to fish at C.J. Strike Reservoir. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Simco Road offers drivers a shortcut — or a potential tragedy | Idaho Statesman," 13 Jan. 2018 Fairly vigorous for a sportsman/collector’s track toy. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 In the Chinko River, avid sportsman can battle the goliath tigerfish, a vicious freshwater fish that can grow to 5 feet in length and have been known to attack humans. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019 There was something inevitable about Buffon becoming a sportsman. Jonathan Wilson,, "Gianluigi Buffon Leaves Door Open for Final Chapter of His Legacy After Juventus Exit," 17 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of sportsman

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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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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