to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.
verb (used without object)
to divert oneself; sport.
diversion; amusement; play; sport.
Origin: 1275–1325; (v.) Middle Englishdisporten, desporten < Anglo-Frenchdesporter, equivalent to des-dis-1 + porter literally, to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. disporter "divert, amuse," from O.Fr. desporter, lit. "carry away" (the mind from serious matters), from des- "away" + porter "to carry," from L. portare "to carry" (see port (1)).