\ ˈspȯr-tē How to pronounce sporty (audio) \
sportier; sportiest

Definition of sporty

1 : of, relating to, or typical of sports, sportsmen, sportswomen, or sportswear
2 : resembling a sports car in styling or performance a sporty sedan

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Other Words from sporty

sportily \ ˈspȯr-​tə-​lē How to pronounce sporty (audio) \ adverb
sportiness \ ˈspȯr-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce sporty (audio) \ noun

Examples of sporty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heavy battery — 1,087 pounds — and sporty suspension keep the car flat and level in enthusiastic maneuvers. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 VW ID4 electric SUV challenges leaders like RAV4, CR-V, despite marginal battery range," 1 Mar. 2021 For younger skaters, check out these Riedell Youth Skates, which come in sporty and feminine colors. Chase Brush,, "Best outdoor activities for winter," 25 Feb. 2021 The sporty ensemble was from Gucci’s Ouverture collection, which premiered at the part-film festival, part-new collection showcase, Guccifest, in November. Eliza Huber,, "Miley Cyrus Took A Cue From Harry Styles For Her Super Bowl Look," 8 Feb. 2021 Battles to build sporty pickups have gone on for years. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is high-speed off-roader with cult following," 3 Feb. 2021 The effect was sporty, but with a touch of subversive romance, like a John Cheever story. Andrea Lee, Vogue, "In Meadowy Prints, Memories of the Main Line," 27 Jan. 2021 While not sporty in character, its mainstream attitude is appealing. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Nissan Rogue: There’s nothing rogue about it (review)," 30 Jan. 2021 Despite that, our favorite model in the lineup is still the TRD V-6 with its 301-hp V-6 engine, stiffer suspension, and sporty body work. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, "Every New Mid-Size Family Sedan Ranked for 2021," 16 Jan. 2021 First-timer has some sporty workouts: trainer good with first timers too., "Check out Chok's Choices for Wednesday's Fair Grounds races," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of sporty

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sporty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sporty

of clothing : attractive and suitable for informal wear
of a car : having the qualities or appearance of a sports car
chiefly British : liking sports : active in and good at sports

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