\ˈspȯr-tē \
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 \ adverb
sportiness \ˈspȯr-tē-nəs \ noun

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On the road: Handling is fairly sporty – for a tall, narrow crossover. Scott Sturgis,, "Driving the 2018 Volvo XC60," 5 July 2018 West’s label launched its collaborative 2XU scuba shorts and leggings capsule in May, and the pieces sported by Kardashian West and Jenner echo this sporty look. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West and Kylie Jenner Twin in Unreleased Yeezy Pieces," 12 June 2018 Following the Buick Regal TourX, the Sportbrake is the second car this year that should remind drivers a wagon can deliver most of the benefits of an SUV, with better fuel economy, sporty looks and handling. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Jaguar XF Sportbrake updates the station wagon," 27 Apr. 2018 The roof edge spoiler extends the silhouette and underlines the sporty look of the A6 Avant. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Harvey-displaced family gets free home in Atascocita," 26 Apr. 2018 Premium Plus and Prestige trims also come with a standard appearance package called S line that adds different bumpers and side sills for a sportier look. Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A4," 28 Feb. 2018 Consider this scenario: a fitted navy blue ball cap worn with a dark blazer and light linen pants to an outdoor cocktail party—sporty, yet appropriate. Scott Christian, WSJ, "Can Men Wear a Baseball Cap Without Looking Like a Frat Boy?," 19 June 2018 Calvin Klein’s body boy short reveals nothing and looks sporty, not matronly. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best Underwear for Every Occasion," 12 June 2018 Iâd ridden passenger on a bike beforeâoften with Martim behind the handlebars of his sporty BMW for day trips around the Bay Area. Sunset, "How to Take a Stunning Yosemite Road Trip by Motorcycle," 22 Jan. 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

: liking sports : active in and good at sports

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