[spawrt, spohrt]
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
a particular form of this, especially in the out of doors.
diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.
jest; fun; mirth; pleasantry: What he said in sport was taken seriously.
mockery; ridicule; derision: They made sport of him.
an object of derision; laughingstock.
something treated lightly or tossed about like a plaything.
something or someone subject to the whims or vicissitudes of fate, circumstances, etc.
a sportsman.
Informal. a person who behaves in a sportsmanlike, fair, or admirable manner; an accommodating person: He was a sport and took his defeat well.
Informal. a person who is interested in sports as an occasion for gambling; gambler.
Informal. a flashy person; one who wears showy clothes, affects smart manners, pursues pleasurable pastimes, or the like; a bon vivant.
Biology. an organism or part that shows an unusual or singular deviation from the normal or parent type; mutation.
Obsolete. amorous dalliance.
of, relating to, or used in sports or a particular sport.
suitable for outdoor or informal wear: sport clothes.
verb (used without object)
to amuse oneself with some pleasant pastime or recreation.
to play, frolic, or gambol, as a child or an animal.
to engage in some open-air or athletic pastime or sport.
to trifle or treat lightly: to sport with another's emotions.
to mock, scoff, or tease: to sport at suburban life.
Botany. to mutate.
verb (used with object)
to pass (time) in amusement or sport.
to spend or squander lightly or recklessly (often followed by away ).
Informal. to wear, display, carry, etc., especially with ostentation; show off: to sport a new mink coat.
Archaic. to amuse (especially oneself).
sport one's oak. oak ( def 5 ).

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of disport

sportful, adjective
sportfully, adverb
sportfulness, noun
sportless, adjective
outsport, verb (used with object)
unsported, adjective
unsportful, adjective

1. game. 3. amusement, fun, entertainment. See play. 18. romp, caper. 20. toy.
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sport (spɔːt)
n (sometimes qualified by good, bad, etc)
1.  an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis, etc
2.  such activities considered collectively
3.  any particular pastime indulged in for pleasure
4.  the pleasure derived from a pastime, esp hunting, shooting, or fishing: we had good sport today
5.  playful or good-humoured joking: to say a thing in sport
6.  derisive mockery or the object of such mockery: to make sport of someone
7.  someone or something that is controlled by external influences: the sport of fate
8.  informal a person who reacts cheerfully in the face of adversity, esp a good loser
9.  informal a person noted for being scrupulously fair and abiding by the rules of a game
10.  informal a person who leads a merry existence, esp a gambler: he's a bit of a sport
11.  informal (Austral), (NZ) a form of address used esp between males
12.  biology
 a.  an animal or plant that differs conspicuously in one or more aspects from other organisms of the same species, usually because of a mutation
 b.  an anomalous characteristic of such an organism
vb (often foll by with) (often foll by away) (often foll by with)
13.  informal (tr) to wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner: she was sporting a new hat
14.  (intr) to skip about or frolic happily
15.  to amuse (oneself), esp in outdoor physical recreation
16.  to dally or trifle (with)
17.  rare to squander (time or money): sporting one's life away
18.  archaic to make fun (of)
19.  (intr) biology to produce or undergo a mutation
[C15 sporten, variant of disporten to disport]

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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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