- Sport means something used for athletic activities.
An example of sport is a drink formulated to supplement the nutritional needs of an athlete.
- The definition of a sport is a recreational or athletic activity.
An example of sport is soccer.
- Sport is defined as to wear, usually something that calls attention.
An example of sport is to wear red socks with pink shorts.
Two men playing a sport called soccer.
- any activity or experience that gives enjoyment or recreation; pastime; diversion
- such an activity, esp. when competitive, requiring more or less vigorous bodily exertion and carried on, sometimes as a profession, according to some traditional form or set of rules, whether outdoors, as football, golf, etc., or indoors, as basketball, bowling, etc.
- fun or play
- an object of ridicule; laughingstock
- a thing or person buffeted about, as though a plaything
- ☆ Informal a gambler
- a person who is sportsmanlike, easygoing, or companionable: be a sport!
- a person judged according to his ability to take loss, defeat, teasing, etc.: a good (or poor) sport
- ☆ Informal a pleasure-loving, showy person; flashy fellow
- Obsolete amorous trifling or sexual play
- Biol. a plant or animal showing some marked variation from the normal type, usually as a result of mutation
Origin of sportMiddle English sporte, aphetic for disport
- Informal to wear or display, esp. with unnecessary show: to sport a loud tie
- Obsolete to amuse (oneself, etc.)
- to play or frolic
- to engage in a sport or sports
- to joke or jest
- to trifle, dally, or play (with)
- to mock or ridicule someone or something
- Biol. to vary markedly from the normal type; mutate
- sporting (sense )
- suitable for informal, casual wear; not dressy: a sport coat
in sportor for sport
make sport of
- a. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.b. often sports (used with a sing. verb) Such activities considered as a group: Sports is a good way for children to get exercise.
- a. A usually challenging activity undertaken for amusement: “the sport of trying to eat [a bratwurst] with anything fewer than four paper napkins” (Jane Kramer).b. Fun; amusement: balanced on the curb just for the sport of it.
- a. Mockery; jest: He made sport of his own looks.b. An object of mockery, jest, or play: treated our interests as sport.c. A joking mood or attitude: She made the remark in sport.
- a. One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation: a poor sport.b. Informal A fair-minded person, especially one who accepts teasing or difficult situations well: Be a sport and show me where you caught those fish.c. Informal A pleasant companion: was a real sport during the trip.
- Informal a. A person who lives a jolly, extravagant life.b. A gambler at sporting events.
- Biology An organism or a part of an organism that shows a marked change from the parent type, typically as a result of mutation.
- Obsolete Amorous dalliance; lovemaking.
verbsport·ed, sport·ing, sports
- To play or frolic: children sporting in the waves.
- To joke or trifle: “Lear &ellipsis; in a storm, half mad, sported with by the gods” (Cynthia Ozick).
- To wear or have on one's body, especially prominently or ostentatiously: sports diamond earrings; sports a tattoo.
- To have as a prominent feature: a car sporting a new paint job.
- Of, relating to, or appropriate for sports: sport fishing; sports equipment.
- Designed or appropriate for outdoor or informal wear: a sport shirt.
Origin of sportMiddle English sporte, short for disporte, from Old French desport, pleasure, from desporter, to divert; see disport.
- Suitable for use in athletic activities or for casual or informal wear.
- Jen has a new pair of sport shoes, and a new sports bra.
(countable and uncountable, plural sports)
- (countable) Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics.
- (countable) A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
- Jen may have won, but she was sure a poor sport; she laughed at the loser.
- The loser was a good sport, and congratulated Jen on her performance.
- (countable) Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirable manner, a good sport.
- You're such a sport! You never get upset when we tease you.
- Sir Philip Sidney
- Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.
- (countable) A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
- (uncountable) Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
- (biology, botany, zoology, countable) A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. The term encompasses both mutants and organisms with non-genetic developmental abnormalities such as birth defects.
- (slang, countable) A sportsman; a gambler.
- (slang, countable) One who consorts with disreputable people, including prostitutes.
- (informal, usually singular) A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
(third-person singular simple present sports, present participle sporting, simple past and past participle sported)
- (intransitive) To amuse oneself, to play.
- children sporting on the green
- (intransitive) To mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with.
- Jen sports with Bill's emotions.
- To display; to have as a notable feature.
- Jen's sporting a new pair of shoes; he was sporting a new wound from the combat
- (reflexive) To divert; to amuse; to make merry.
- To represent by any kind of play.
- To practise the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
- To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal.