sport

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verb

sported; sporting; sports

intransitive verb

1
a
: to amuse oneself : frolic
lambs sporting in the meadow
b
: to engage in a sport
2
a
: to mock or ridicule something
b
: to speak or act in jest : trifle
3
[sport entry 2] : to deviate or vary abruptly from type (as by bud variation) : mutate

transitive verb

1
: to display or wear usually ostentatiously : boast
sporting expensive new shoes
2
[sport entry 2] : to put forth as a sport or bud variation

sport

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noun

1
a
: a source of diversion : recreation
b
: sexual play
c(1)
: physical activity engaged in for pleasure
(2)
: a particular activity (such as an athletic game) so engaged in
2
b
: often mean-spirited jesting : mockery, derision
3
a
: something tossed or driven about in or as if in play
4
a
b
: a person considered with respect to living up to the ideals of sportsmanship
a good sport
a poor sport
c
: a companionable person
5
: an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

sport

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adjective

variants or sports
: of, relating to, or suitable for sports
especially : styled in a manner suitable for casual or informal wear
sport coats
Choose the Right Synonym for sport

fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter.

fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose.

played cards just for fun

jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing.

hurt by remarks said only in jest

sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone.

teasing begun in sport led to anger

game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun.

made game of their poor relations

play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief.

pretended to strangle his brother in play

Example Sentences

Verb She showed up at the party sporting a bright red hat. from sailing to snorkeling, each day we sported at a different activity offered by the beach resort Noun She likes to play sport. Ice-skating with friends is my favorite sport.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
One proud holdout is the Black church, where many congregants reject the drift toward casual attire and still reliably sport ties at Sunday services. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 While the Packers currently sport a losing record (3-4), Sunday Night Football against the Bills should prove a great game. Catena Media, al, 30 Oct. 2022 The diesel version features a light alloy hull and a carbon-fiber superstructure, while the hybrid model will sport a composite hull. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2022 Commander Moonikin will be wearing a suit embedded with sensors to measure radiation levels, while Helga and Zohar will sport vests designed to lower radiation exposure. WSJ, 29 Aug. 2022 Grifol's counterpart in the other dugout will sport a bit longer resume. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 9 Nov. 2022 The new iPad Pro will likely sport the latest Apple silicon released in June for the MacBook Air, that is, the M2 processor. David Phelan, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Forest paths will sport plaques explaining the local ecology and referencing the films via QR barcodes that have supported the forest. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 Sep. 2022 Like in the original series, all the Targaryens will sport signature platinum blonde hair, but what do the actors who portray the dragon-riding family look like in real life? Emily Burack, Town & Country, 29 Aug. 2022
Noun
Chapin was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management, the University of Idaho said. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2022 In a sport that measures greatness by the number of Stanley Cups in a franchise’s trophy case, the Bruins now have 12-0-0 as part of their legacy, along with their half-dozen Cups. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 Perhaps a particular sport or hobby leaves you in a lot of pain afterward. Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 At Idaho, Ethan Chapin was in the Sigma Chi fraternity and was majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management, university president Scott Green said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Cheer star Gabi Butler is ready to take her athleticism to a new sport. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 In the United States, gymnastics is seen as a largely white sport, especially among college teams, even though there are numerous Black women who have succeeded at the top levels, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Jordan Chiles. Andrea Williams Taylor Baucom, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Chapin, a freshman, was studying recreation, sport and tourism management. Justine Mcdaniel, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 The World Cup is something that brings the whole world together every four years in a sport that everyone loves. The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2022
Adjective
One tough game out of four in the high school bowling state finals wasn’t enough to prevent multi-sport Trinity Prep athlete Amanda Lang from earning the Orlando Sentinel player of the year honor. Steve Gorches, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Nov. 2022 Rollyson leads this group as a multi-sport athlete who is committed to Ohio State for baseball. Matt Goul, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 In the world of adventure travel, multi-sport trips are now often referred to as multi-adventure trips. Everett Potter, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The city is also renovating Joe Davis Stadium, the former baseball home of the Huntsville Stars, to be a multi-sport stadium that will be home to a minor league professional soccer team next year. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 7 Nov. 2022 Co-founder Samantha Dorm had read about Claiborne’s fruitless attempts to find the headstone, and her group invited the multi-sport gold medalist to visit her great-grandmother’s resting place. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 6 Nov. 2022 BetMGM has a great way for bettors to get in on all the action with their cross-sport parlay boost. Doug Ziefel, Chicago Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 Bottom Line: Multi-sport protection against the elements without a weight penalty. Phillip Dwight Morgan, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 But while football remains king in the Lone Star State, the Texans don’t seem to have the same cultural impact as their cross-sport counterparts. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sport was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sport. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sport 1 of 3

verb

ˈspō(ə)rt How to pronounce sport (audio)
ˈspȯ(ə)rt
1
: to amuse oneself : frolic
2
: to speak or act in fun
3

sport

2 of 3

noun

1
b
: physical activity (as hunting, running, or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure
2
b
: fun entry 1 sense 3
make sport of someone
3
: a person who shows good sportsmanship
4
: an individual that shows a sudden major change from the normal type usually as a result of a mutation
a yellow sport among the red apples

sport

3 of 3

adjective

variants or sports
: of, relating to, or suitable for sports
sports equipment
also : made in a style suitable for casual or informal wear
a sport coat

Medical Definition

: an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

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