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sportsman

[spawrts-muh n, spohrts-] /ˈspɔrts mən, ˈspoʊrts-/
noun, plural sportsmen.
1.
a man who engages in sports, especially in some open-air sport, as hunting, fishing, racing, etc.
2.
a person who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; sports + -man
Related forms
sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, adjective
sportsmanliness, noun
unsportsmanlike, adjective
unsportsmanly, adjective, adverb
Usage note
See -man.
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Examples from the web for sportsman
  • 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.
  • Provided certain conditions are met, a sportsman may transport and use hollow point ammunition.
British Dictionary definitions for sportsman

sportsman

/ˈspɔːtsmən/
noun (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
Derived Forms
sportsman-like, sportsmanly, adjective
sportsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for sportsman
n.

1706, from sports + man (n.).

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