[spawrts-muhn, spohrts-]
noun, plural sportsmen.
a man who engages in sports, especially in some open-air sport, as hunting, fishing, racing, etc.
a person who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.

1700–10; sports + -man

sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, adjective
sportsmanliness, noun
unsportsmanlike, adjective
unsportsmanly, adjective, adverb

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sportsman (ˈspɔːtsmən)
n , pl -men
1.  a man who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
2.  a person who exhibits qualities highly regarded in sport, such as fairness, generosity, observance of the rules, and good humour when losing

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Example sentences
He's a sportsman at heart, playing football and baseball.
Sport becomes a sordid business, and the sportsman becomes only a sport.
But there's more to a real sportsman, he implies, than good marksmanship.
Woods's worth is approaching a billion dollars, making him the richest
  sportsman in the world.
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