un·​sports·​man·​like ˌən-ˈspȯrts-mən-ˌlīk How to pronounce unsportsmanlike (audio)
: not characteristic of or exhibiting good sportsmanship : not sportsmanlike

Examples of unsportsmanlike in a Sentence

Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. was suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct
Recent Examples on the Web Each of them were technical fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Williams got a personal foul in addition for his original violation to Durant. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024 Tempers flared after a series of unsportsmanlike penalties on the ensuing kickoff, and more were called after a quarterback sack by Geordan Beamon of Oceanside which led to a South punt on the third play of the fourth period. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2023 Dennis Rodman’s reputation as an erratic and unsportsmanlike competitor — developed with the Detroit Pistons and honed with the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls — overshadows his status as one of the greatest defensive players in N.B.A. history. Andrew Keh, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Runners must abide by sportsmanlike conduct If runners demonstrate unsportsmanlike conduct or display inappropriate behavior towards event officials, NYRR staff, and/or volunteers, they may be disqualified. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty came when Woods slapped Rams receiver Ben Skowronek in the head after an incompletion near the goal line. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2023 Edge rusher Grayson Murphy gave the Sun Devils one first down with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play and cornerback Devin Kirkwood gifted them another with pass interference. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2023 Simmons ended up reacting more strongly to Beckham’s displeasure, and he was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 15 Oct. 2023 But the Crimson Tide drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play and Brian Bostick eventually missed a 38-yard field goal, setting up heroics by Gallon, Cobbs and Balseiro for the winning score. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsportsmanlike was in 1754

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“Unsportsmanlike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsportsmanlike. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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