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

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The company also plans to build electric cars in Mexico for the U.S. market, starting with a sporty sport-utility vehicle scheduled to... Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ford to Expand Electric-Vehicle Production at Michigan Plant," 20 Mar. 2019 For a day full of physical activity in the great outdoors, Duchess Kate dressed in a casual and sporty-chic outfit—a ribbed Ralph Lauren knit sweater with blue and red trim, skinny black pants, and navy sneakers. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Get Affectionate While Playing Soccer in Belfast," 28 Feb. 2019 March Madness Courtesy Nix the team jersey but still look sporty-chic. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Vests, Your New Spring Wardrobe Staple," 28 Feb. 2019 All this comes after the royal couple's sporty first day in the province. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Bespoke Jenny Packham Dress and Princess Diana's Earrings," 28 Feb. 2019 The 32-piece collection comprises a mix of feminine and sporty one-pieces and simple—but elegant—bikinis in colors like sea blue and bright marigold. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Madewell's New Swimsuit Line Is Both Sustainable and Affordable," 27 Feb. 2019 The design team sketched out a squat, wide crossover with sporty lines and an aggressive end, and sent the engineers off to build it. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 Here are five ideas to start building their sporty style. Lesley Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Cozy, cool Seahawks and athleisure pieces for fall," 26 July 2018 The prediction was that the shoe company, which had trounced the performance of sportier rivals Nike and Under Armour up until 2017, would rebound from a couple of horrific quarters that spurred double-digit-percentage drops in its shares. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Who Won Heard on the Street’s Stock-Picking Contest? No One, Really," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sporty

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sporty was in 1889

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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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