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

Examples of sportsman in a Sentence

He was a keen sportsman all his life.
Recent Examples on the Web Pinks are not an extremely valuable fish to the sportsman. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2021 From the workman to the sportsman, there is a unified way to dress for America’s national pastime. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Wood is an avid sportsman, conservationist and sporting art dealer who founded Collectors Covey in Highland Park Village in 1978. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 24 Apr. 2021 Over the years, Prince Philip remained mostly in good health, having given up smoking on marrying Queen Elizabeth and having always been a keen sportsman. Ruth Kinane,, 9 Apr. 2021 Detective Philo Vance sifts through clues and comes up with seven possible suspects in the murder of a sportsman. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 These aren’t depictions of a sportsman or a statesman. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 Commercial fire starters work every time, almost without fail, and should be a part of any sportsman’s bag of tricks. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 26 Sep. 2019 Field & Stream becomes the official organ of The Camp Fire Club, a sportsman’s society whose members included Roosevelt, Zane Grey, and Ernest Thompson Seton. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sportsman

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Aug 2021

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“Sportsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce sportsman (audio) \
plural sportsmen\ ˈspȯrts-​mən How to pronounce sportsman (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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