sports·​writ·​er | \ ˈspȯrts-ˌrī-tər \

Definition of sportswriter

: a person who writes about sports especially for a newspaper

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sportswriter

sportswriting \ ˈspȯrts-​ˌrī-​tiŋ \ noun

Examples of sportswriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Murphy wrote in an essay for the Atlantic, published this week, about his trajectory from sportswriter to Flex contractor. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 For example, Rapp writes that baseball’s popularity was a factor in growing newspapers and the fame of sportswriters, who were the only conduits for game coverage in the days long before radio and TV. Ed Sherman,, "Sports book roundup: Cubs books in time for Opening Day and more," 27 Mar. 2018 Rooting interest is a strange thing for sportswriters. Al Saracevic,, "In this case, it’s OK to root for a team," 30 June 2018 Two of those killed — editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61, and sportswriter John McNamara, 56, graduated from the journalism school. Tim Prudente,, "Newsrooms fall silent to remember attack on Capital Gazette," 5 July 2018 But sportswriters took note when she was upset by Barbora Strycová at the Birmingham Classic earlier this month. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "Palace Skateboards teams with Adidas for court-driven apparel and accessories collaboration," 26 June 2018 The winner, who has already been chosen based on their regular-season performance by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, will be announced at the awards show that'll air on Monday, June 25, starting at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY, "See highlights of 2018 NBA MVP finalists," 16 May 2018 He is not predicted to even be drafted by many sportswriters. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "KU Jayhawks Q&A: On Udoka, Romeo and football expectations | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Although Louis was not a native of Pittsburgh, by the ’30s his ascendance was due largely to coverage from the sportswriters at The Courier. Herb Boyd, New York Times, "Harlem Wasn’t the Only Place With a Renaissance," 23 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sportswriter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sportswriter

1907, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sportswriter

Share sportswriter

Statistics for sportswriter

Last Updated

15 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sportswriter

The first known use of sportswriter was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sportswriter



English Language Learners Definition of sportswriter

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

More from Merriam-Webster on sportswriter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sportswriter

Comments on sportswriter

What made you want to look up sportswriter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!