sport
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /spɔɹt/
  • (RP) IPA: /spɔːt/
  • (Tasmanian) IPA: /spɔː/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /spo(ː)ɹt/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /spoət/
Noun

sport

  1. (countable) Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics.
  2. (countable) Something done for fun, regardless of its design or intended purpose.
    Joe was banned from getting legal help. He seemed to view lawsuits as a sport.
  3. (countable) A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
    Jen may have won, but she was sure a poor sport; she laughed at the loser.
    The loser was a good sport, and congratulated Jen on her performance.
  4. (countable) Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirably good-natured manner, e.g. to being teased or to losing a game; a good sport.
    You're such a sport! You never get upset when we tease you.
  5. (obsolete) That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Think it but a minute spent in sport.
    • Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.
    • , Hey Diddle Diddle (traditional rhyme)
      The little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:hobby
  6. (obsolete) Mockery, making fun; derision.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest.
  7. (countable) A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
    • flitting leaves, the sport of every wind
    • Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions.
  8. (uncountable) Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
  9. (biology, botany, zoology, countable) A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. The term encompasses both mutants and organisms with non-genetic developmental abnormalities such as birth defects.
  10. (slang, countable) A sportsman; a gambler.
  11. (slang, countable) One who consorts with disreputable people, including prostitutes.
  12. (obsolete, uncountable) An amorous dalliance.
    Charlie and Lisa enjoyed a bit of sport after their hike.
  13. (informal, usually singular) A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:friend
  14. (obsolete) Play; idle jingle.
    • An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Spanish: espécimen raro
Translations Verb

sport (sports, present participle sporting; past and past participle sported)

  1. (intransitive) To amuse oneself, to play.
    children sporting on the green
  2. (intransitive) To mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with.
    Jen sports with Bill's emotions.
    • He sports with his own life.
  3. (transitive) To display; to have as a notable feature.
    Jen's sporting a new pair of shoes;  he was sporting a new wound from the combat
  4. (reflexive) To divert; to amuse; to make merry.
    • Bible, Isa. lvii. 4
      Against whom do ye sport yourselves?
  5. (transitive) To represent by any kind of play.
    • Now sporting on thy lyre the loves of youth.
  6. To practise the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
  7. To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal.
  8. (transitive) To close (a door).
    • There he locked it up in a drawer, sported the doors of both sets of rooms, and retired to bed.
Translations
  • French: jouer
  • German: spielen, sich vergnügen, herumtollen
  • Portuguese: recrear-se
Translations Translations
SPORT
Proper noun
  1. Acronym of Strategic Partnership On REACH Testing



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