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 Didn't help at the end of the game when Kansas City DT Chris Jones was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on what would have been a drive-killing sack to the Colts. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2022 Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones' burst through the interior of the offensive line for a sack on third down but the play was negated by an unsportsmanlike penalty, giving the Colts a first down with 5:06 remaining. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Sep. 2022 His antics cost him a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 24 Sep. 2022 The Bears drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as rules prohibit the use of a foreign object — basically anything that isn’t part of the uniform — to do a little groundskeeping in the driving rain. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 With the Bears kicking off from their own 15 due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on sophomore wide receiver Tyler Wilkins, Towson graduate student Juwan Burgess returned the kick 60 yards to Morgan State’s 18. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 10 Sep. 2022 Taron Vincent was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for something that happened at the end of the first half. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2022 An unsportsmanlike penalty moved the ball back to the 29 and the Cougars’ drive eventually stalled on the 12 where Jeffrey Hernandez attempted a 35-yard field goal. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 Rashaan Gaulden was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a similar obscene gesture toward Alabama fans following an interception return for a touchdown during a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsportsmanlike

1754, in the meaning defined above

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29 Sep 2022

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“Unsportsmanlike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsportsmanlike. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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