sportsman

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The video, from March 6, captured a minute of descent, during which the sportsman, who chose to remain anonymous, turned the wrong way and ended up tangled with his chute. Fox News, "French paraglider films the terrifying moment he gets tangled midair," 23 May 2020 The genuine sportsman’s voice is seldom heard in the outcry against gun-control laws. Antonia Lloyd-jones, Harpers Magazine, "Archive: 2020," 11 May 2020 The genuine sportsman’s voice is seldom heard in the outcry against gun-control laws. Antonia Lloyd-jones, Harpers Magazine, "Archive: 2020," 11 May 2020 The genuine sportsman’s voice is seldom heard in the outcry against gun-control laws. Carl Bakal, Harper's Magazine, "Who Has the Guns?," 30 Mar. 2020 The growth is due to better hunting seasons, sportsmen contributing funds through license sales and conservation groups like the National Wild Turkey Federation. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Touch of the Wild exhibit is hands-on for all outdoor enthusiasts," 2 Mar. 2020 Her father was a sportsman-playboy who had squandered much of his own $25 million inheritance. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95; Built a Fashion Empire," 17 June 2019 Around Western Lake Erie, the hot spot to launch all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and air boats has been Catawba Island State Park, but sportsmen must be cautious. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report Jan. 19: Cleveland Harbor ice anglers hooking trout, perch," 19 Jan. 2018 The overall picture is extremely positive, though, and Dray does a commendable job showing how sportsmen have led political movements to protect wildlife and the nation’s wildest places. Outdoor Life, "Four books every hunter should read," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sportsman

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 May 2020

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“Sportsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sportsman. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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sportsman

noun
How to pronounce sportsman (audio)

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

sportsman

noun
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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