un sporting


[spawr-ting, spohr-]
engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.
concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.
interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.
involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.

1590–1600; sport + -ing2

sportingly, adverb
nonsporting, adjective
nonsportingly, adverb
unsporting, adjective
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sporting (ˈspɔːtɪŋ)
1.  (prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sports: several sporting interests
2.  relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
3.  of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
4.  willing to take a risk

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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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