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sporty

[spawr-tee, spohr-] /ˈspɔr ti, ˈspoʊr-/
adjective, sportier, sportiest. Informal.
1.
flashy; showy.
2.
smart in dress, behavior, etc.
3.
like or befitting a sportsman.
4.
dissipated; fast:
a sporty crowd.
5.
designed for or suitable for sport.
Origin of sporty
1885-1890
1885-90; sport + -y1
Related forms
sportily, adverb
sportiness, noun
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  • He went with a new set, now, young unmarried fellows who were "sporty."

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • "I'm sorry I did, now; honest I am," was the sporty man's answer.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • “Sure,” replied Merkle, one of the sportiest of sporty seniors.

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • Regarding Parkins as a rich man, and sporty, he took the offer.

    Dreamy Hollow Sumner Charles Britton
  • Say, is there anything on the face of this earth like the loving freemasonry between a sporty parent and his little son?

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
British Dictionary definitions for sporty

sporty

/ˈspɔːtɪ/
adjective sportier, sportiest
1.
(of a person) fond of sport or outdoor activities
2.
(of clothes) having the appearance of sportswear
3.
(of a car) having the performance or appearance of a sports car
noun (pl) -ies
4.
(Brit, informal) a young person who typically wears sportswear, is competitive about sport , and takes an interest in his or her fitness
Derived Forms
sportily, adverb
sportiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sporty
adj.

1889, "sportsmanlike;" 1962, "in the style of a sports car," from sport (n.) + -y (2). Related: Sportily; sportiness.

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