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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First, Brown, a redshirt sophomore, was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after taking a swipe at a Georgia player following a punt. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Watch: Alabama LB Mekhi Brown Involved in Sideline Scuffle After Personal Foul Penalty," 8 Jan. 2018 He also was ejected from that Game 4 of the conference final for unsportsmanlike conduct. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Prospects for Kings, Ducks built tight bond on junior hockey squad," 6 July 2018 Talib and Suh have each been previously been suspended by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Peters was banned for one game by Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid after a blowup last year. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Rams hope their defensive chemistry experiment will be explosive in the right way," 13 June 2018 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

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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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