un·sports·man·like | \ ˌən-ˈspȯrts-mən-ˌlīk \

Definition of unsportsmanlike 

: not characteristic of or exhibiting good sportsmanship : not sportsmanlike

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unsportsmanlike


dirty, foul, illegal, nasty, unfair


clean, fair, legal, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly

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Examples of unsportsmanlike in a Sentence

Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. was suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct

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He was fined by the ATP in 2016 for several violations at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, including verbal abuse of a spectator and unsportsmanlike conduct. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tennis player Nick Kyrgios fined more than $17,000 for making sexual gesture during match," 26 June 2018 Personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct fouls by the defense on successful field goal attempts can now be enforced on the kickoff. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "NCAA recommends altering kickoff rule to include fair catch, touchback inside 25," 2 Mar. 2018 Bellows will try to extend his unsportsmanlike conduct streak to four. Dylan Bumbarger, OregonLive.com, "Game thread: Tri-City Americans at Portland Winterhawks," 3 Feb. 2018 Severino and Marrillia, a Tavares grad and former UCF outfielder, were also cited for unsportsmanlike conduct and the use of profanity toward an official in the district tournament loss to Timber Creek. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Park baseball makes coaching change following chaotic season finale," 28 June 2018 So, any sign of unsportsmanlike conduct by the Russians, like a rough tackle, faking injury or diving in the box, would likely be pounced upon and blown out of proportion as has been the case in the past. Washington Post, "World Cup Russia 2018 newsletter," 18 June 2018 Ramos also got himself caught up in some unsportsmanlike conduct when refusing to kick the ball out for Luis Suarez. SI.com, "Sergio Ramos Accuses Lionel Messi of 'Pressuring' Referee During Fiery El Clasico Draw," 7 May 2018 Murray retaliated and earned concurrent unsportsmanlike conduct and slashing penalties, giving the Sailors a man-up situation for three minutes, though Murray did make sure to come and apologize to Fuller after the game. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor beats Los Alamitos to win outright Sunset League boys’ lacrosse title," 26 Apr. 2018 But by creating and distributing a compilation of anonymous smears against White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester appears to be setting a new Beltway record for unsportsmanlike conduct. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Character Assassination of Ronny Jackson," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unsportsmanlike

1754, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unsportsmanlike

: not fair, respectful, and polite toward other players when participating in a sport : not sportsmanlike

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