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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Actors, tycoons, comedians, fellow sportsmen, even Ed Sullivan, then a New York sportswriter decades from becoming America’s most popular television talk-show host. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "For George Rugg, curating Notre Dame's collection of sports gems has been labor of love," 18 June 2019 As one of the world's most popular sportsmen, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr signed a huge extension with the New York Giants last summer, before being traded to the Cleveland Browns in March., "The 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World," 17 June 2019 The Migration Corridor Advisory Group includes representatives from the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 The legislation was revised multiple times after it was first introduced, in attempts to solve possible constitutional issues and respond to complaints from law enforcement and sportsmen. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Gov. Otter won’t sign Idaho’s big new trespassing law | Idaho Statesman," 28 Mar. 2018 It is widely believed that none of these relentless sportsmen has ever caught a fish. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 All three of those Senators claim to be sportsmen and all three sit on the Joint Finance Committee. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Op-ed from a hunter: Wisconsin is failing badly at CWD management," 15 June 2019 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

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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

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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