sportiveness

sportive

[spawr-tiv, spohr-]
adjective
1.
playful or frolicsome; jesting, jocose, or merry: a sportive puppy.
2.
done in sport, rather than in earnest: a sportive show of affection.
3.
pertaining to or of the nature of a sport or sports.
4.
Biology, mutative.
5.
Archaic. ardent; wanton.

Origin:
1580–90; sport + -ive

sportively, adverb
sportiveness; Archaic. sportability, noun
unsportive, adjective
unsportively, adverb
unsportiveness, noun


1. jocular, gay, sprightly, frisky.
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sportive (ˈspɔːtɪv)
 
adj
1.  playful or joyous
2.  done in jest rather than seriously
3.  of, relating to, or interested in sports
4.  obsolete wanton or amorous: a sportive wench
 
'sportively
 
adv
 
'sportiveness
 
n

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