un·​sports·​man·​like | \ ˌən-ˈspȯrts-mən-ˌlīk How to pronounce unsportsmanlike (audio) \

Definition of unsportsmanlike

: not characteristic of or exhibiting good sportsmanship : not sportsmanlike

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Examples of unsportsmanlike in a Sentence

Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. was suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct
Recent Examples on the Web The symbol has been a sore spot for Texas fans and Big 12 officials alike as it has been flagged as unsportsmanlike conduct at times - including twice against West Virginia in a 2018 game in Austin - and completely ignored at others. Matt Young, Chron, 15 July 2021 The line judge then assessed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Durón — one for taunting a rival player, the other for saying something untoward about the line judge's mother. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 The line judge then assessed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Durón — one for taunting a rival player, the other for saying something untoward about the line judge’s mother. New York Times, 12 July 2021 In a statement released Sunday, the Escondido Union High School District said members of the Orange Glen High School community were subject to unsportsmanlike conduct by members of the CUSD community. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 23 June 2021 During the opening quarter, the West Linn bench was given a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. oregonlive, 10 June 2021 Before ejecting a coach, a football official can throw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a basketball official can call a technical foul. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 McDonagh was docked $5,000 for cross-checking Mason Marchment on Monday night, while Maroon will pay $3,879 for unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of the game. Tom Canavan, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 The Lightning also played with a slew of players out due to injury, in addition to Pat Maroon, who was suspended one game for unsportsmanlike conduct for roughing Montour in Saturday’s penultimate regular-season game. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of unsportsmanlike

1754, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsportsmanlike was in 1754

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19 Jul 2021

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“Unsportsmanlike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsportsmanlike. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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