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 McLoughan referenced the fact that Williams has been flagged for five personal foul, unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in his career. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers left tackle Trent Williams ‘ecstatic’ to be in SF: ‘Vibe is different’," 6 Aug. 2020 To Neidig’s recollection, there isn’t a rule that restricts players from spitting or other related habits — unless a player spits at another, which is an unsportsmanlike penalty. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "The unheralded threat to sports' return: Licking fingers during the coronavirus," 4 Aug. 2020 But on Monday, the league fined Ferland $5,000 for spearing — the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement — and Kunin was dinged with a $1,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Playoffs call for toughness, and Wild is up to the task," 3 Aug. 2020 To pitch at a batter's head is unsportsmanlike and highly dangerous. Steve Almasy, CNN, "In baseball, unwritten rules lay down the lines you cannot cross," 13 Feb. 2020 Players will be removed to the locker room in the case of other fouls, such as fighting or unsportsmanlike conduct. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Changes to targeting penalty and video reviews among NCAA rule proposals for 2020," 28 Feb. 2020 Both set out to take unfair advantage, which is at the heart of unsportsmanlike conduct. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "A Good Sport Is Hard to Find, Especially in the NFL," 31 Jan. 2020 He was twice penalized for personal fouls, one of which was an unsportsmanlike conduct, gave up a sack, and was benched. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "XFL Week 3 winners and losers: New kickoff rule and pro football's valiant return to St. Louis," 25 Feb. 2020 In basketball, a technical foul is the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct or violations by team members on the floor or seated on the bench. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Tristan Thompson was ejected from a game for slapping an opponent's butt," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unsportsmanlike

1754, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2020

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“Unsportsmanlike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsportsmanlike. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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