\ 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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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 But, during their latest sporty date (for which Joe chose an extremely jazzy shirt, and Sophie looked awesome in a leather jacket and jeans), there was a third member of the gang, happily cozying up with them. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Cozy at a Basketball Game While Nick Jonas Played Third Wheel," 18 Dec. 2018 The Eclipse Cross is not sporty like its namesake but is very well-appointed at a very good price. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 The 500 also gets what the company calls a sportier appearance. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat 500 gets sportier look, standard turbo engine," 12 Feb. 2018 The all-electric automaker says the five-seat car will be able to go 215 miles on a single charge and will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds. Tribune Wire Reports,, "Tesla Model 3 production is on time, but concerns persist," 4 July 2017 Meghan looked comfortable and sporty in a waterproof Invictus Games jacket, what appear to be leggings or yoga pants, and a pair of white Veja V-10 sneakers. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears $150 Veja Sneakers to Watch the Invictus Games in Australia," 21 Oct. 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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