engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports:
a rugged, sporting man.
concerned with or suitable for such sports:
interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling:
the sporting life of Las Vegas.
involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
a particular form of this, especially in the out of doors.
sports, (used with a singular verb) such athletic activities collectively:
Sports is important in my life.
diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.
jest; fun; mirth; pleasantry:
What he said in sport was taken seriously.
mockery; ridicule; derision:
They made sport of him.
an object of derision; laughingstock.
something treated lightly or tossed about like a plaything.
something or someone subject to the whims or vicissitudes of fate, circumstances, etc.
Informal. a person who behaves in a sportsmanlike, fair, or admirable manner; an accommodating person:
He was a sport and took his defeat well.
Informal. a person who is interested in sports as an occasion for gambling; gambler.
Informal. a flashy person; one who wears showy clothes, affects smart manners, pursues pleasurable pastimes, or the like; a bon vivant.
Biology. an organism or part that shows an unusual or singular deviation from the normal or parent type; mutation.
Obsolete. amorous dalliance.
of, relating to, or used in sports or a particular sport.
suitable for outdoor or informal wear:
verb (used without object)
to amuse oneself with some pleasant pastime or recreation.
to play, frolic, or gambol, as a child or an animal.
to engage in some open-air or athletic pastime or sport.
to trifle or treat lightly:
to sport with another’s emotions.
to mock, scoff, or tease:
to sport at suburban life.
Botany. to mutate.
verb (used with object)
to pass (time) in amusement or sport.
to spend or squander lightly or recklessly (often followed by away).
Informal. to wear, display, carry, etc., especially with ostentation; show off:
to sport a new mink coat.
Archaic. to amuse (especially oneself).
sport one’s oak. oak (def 5).
(prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sports: several sporting interests
relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
willing to take a risk
an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis, etc
such activities considered collectively
any particular pastime indulged in for pleasure
the pleasure derived from a pastime, esp hunting, shooting, or fishing: we had good sport today
playful or good-humoured joking: to say a thing in sport
derisive mockery or the object of such mockery: to make sport of someone
someone or something that is controlled by external influences: the sport of fate
(informal) sometimes qualified by good, bad, etc. a person who reacts cheerfully in the face of adversity, esp a good loser
(informal) a person noted for being scrupulously fair and abiding by the rules of a game
(informal) a person who leads a merry existence, esp a gambler: he’s a bit of a sport
(Austral & NZ, informal) a form of address used esp between males
an animal or plant that differs conspicuously in one or more aspects from other organisms of the same species, usually because of a mutation
an anomalous characteristic of such an organism
(transitive) (informal) to wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner: she was sporting a new hat
(intransitive) to skip about or frolic happily
to amuse (oneself), esp in outdoor physical recreation
(intransitive) often foll by with. to dally or trifle (with)
(rare) (transitive) often foll by away. to squander (time or money): sporting one’s life away
(archaic) (intransitive) often foll by with. to make fun (of)
(intransitive) (biology) to produce or undergo a mutation
noun 1. an even or fair opportunity for a favorable outcome in an enterprise, as winning in a game of chance or in any kind of contest: They gave the less experienced players a sporting chance by handicapping the experts.
noun 1. one of any of several breeds of usually large dogs especially suited by size and training for hunting by pointing, flushing, and retrieving game and including the pointers, setters, retrievers, and spaniels.
- Sporting fish
noun sport fish Examples There are many large sporting fish that give the angler exciting hours on the reefs of Florida. Word Origin 1848
noun 1. Older Use. a brothel. 2. Archaic. an establishment, as a tavern, inn, or the like, catering to gamblers or sportsmen. sporting house noun 1. (US, rare) a euphemistic word for brothel 2. (archaic) a tavern or inn frequented by gamblers or other sportsmen sport