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[spawr-tee, spohr-] /ˈspɔr ti, ˈspoʊr-/
adjective, sportier, sportiest. Informal.
flashy; showy.
smart in dress, behavior, etc.
like or befitting a sportsman.
dissipated; fast:
a sporty crowd.
designed for or suitable for sport.
Origin of sporty
1885-90; sport + -y1
Related forms
sportily, adverb
sportiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sporty
  • And now, she'd rather climb in the back when necessary, and have something sporty to borrow when the time comes.
  • Bean is a tomboy, sporty and is always getting into a little bit of trouble.
  • Both are macho, sporty and prone to authoritarian instincts.
  • The site is now home to a vast open-source trove on all things sporty.
  • More squat than sporty but superbly versatile, they served as troop carriers, command centers and ambulances.
  • Eddie is warmed by her sporty friendliness, especially in contrast to the harridan convalescing in his hotel bedroom.
  • Beachwear gets a modern update, with the designer favoring sporty karate pants over sweats.
  • People buy them not because they are the environmentally correct option but because they're sporty, fast, and fun.
  • As in his own collection, he has added elaborate details to the sporty puffer coats in a beautiful way.
  • We're impressed at how they got aggressive, dignified and sporty all the in same sentence.
British Dictionary definitions for sporty


adjective sportier, sportiest
(of a person) fond of sport or outdoor activities
(of clothes) having the appearance of sportswear
(of a car) having the performance or appearance of a sports car
noun (pl) -ies
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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