[spawrts, spohrts]
of or pertaining to a sport or sports, especially of the open-air or athletic kind: a sports festival.
(of garments, equipment, etc.) suitable for use in open-air sports, or for outdoor or informal use.

1910–15; sport + -s3 Unabridged
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sports (spɔːts)
1.  (modifier) relating to, concerned with, or used in sports: sports equipment
2.  (modifier) relating to or similar to a sports car: sports seats
3.  (Brit) Also called: sports day a meeting held at a school or college for competitions in various athletic events

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "to take pleasure, to amuse oneself," from Anglo-Fr. disport, from O.Fr. desport "pastime, recreation, pleasure," from desporter "to divert, amuse, please, play" (see disport). Sense of "to amuse oneself by active exercise in open air or taking part in some game"
is from late 15c. Meaning "to wear" is from 1778.

c.1440, "pleasant passtime," from sport (v.). Meaning "game involving physical exercise" first recorded 1523. Original sense preserved in phrases such as in sport "in jest" (c.1440). Sense of "stylish man" is from 1861, Amer.Eng., probably because they lived by gambling and
betting on races. Meaning "good fellow" is attested from 1881 (e.g. be a sport, 1913). The sport of kings was originally (1668) war-making. Sportswear is from 1912. Sports car first attested 1928. Sportscast first recorded 1938. Sportsman first recorded 1706. Sporting "characterized by conduct constant with that of a sportsman" is attested from 1799 (e.g. sporting chance, 1897). Sportsmanship is from 1745.
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