sports·​writ·​er | \ ˈspȯrts-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce sportswriter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sports writer or sports-writer

Definition of sportswriter

: a person who writes about sports especially for a newspaper In an opening-day column for the Huntsville Times, one sportswriter beseeched readers not to let football poison friendship and provoke brawls.— Steve Kemper

Other Words from sportswriter

sportswriting \ ˈspȯrts-​ˌrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce sportswriter (audio) \ or sports writing noun

Examples of sportswriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This podcaster, football freelancer and full-time sportswriter thanks these Giants for reliably contributing to my content production this season. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2021 Jon Wilner, a sportswriter for the Bay Area News Group, wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2021 Doesn’t the viewing public see the appeal of a plumber (or a sportswriter) crashing the Cotillion? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2021 In 1980, sportswriter Bill James coined what one-word term for the detailed baseball statistics described by the Society of American Baseball Research? CNN, 12 Nov. 2021 As Mitch Albom, the 37-year-old Detroit sportswriter reconnecting with his ailing college mentor for weekly conversations, Nickell gracefully portrays a man who, through watching his friend die, learns how to live. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Posnanski brings an inquisitive mind to the proceedings, relentlessly pursuing the why and how of success, through voracious research and firsthand interviews from his career as a sportswriter. Scot Bertram, National Review, 31 Oct. 2021 Among its admirers was the late San Antonio Express-News sportswriter and columnist Dan Cook and his fictitious chum, Benjamin P. Broadhind. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Oct. 2021 The man who was once the most famous sportswriter in America is said to have uttered the most famous words about this town and racetrack. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sportswriter

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Sportswriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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: someone who writes about sports for a newspaper, magazine, etc.

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