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Webster 1913 Edition


Sport

Sport

(spōrt)
,
Noun.
[Abbreviated from
disport
.]
1.
That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
It is as
sport
to a fool to do mischief.
Prov. x. 23.
Her
sports
were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.
Sir P. Sidney.
Think it but a minute spent in
sport
.
Shakespeare
2.
Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision.
Then make
sport
at me; then let me be your jest.
Shakespeare
3.
That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
Flitting leaves, the
sport
of every wind.
Dryden.
Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the
sport
of his own ungoverned passions.
John Clarke.
4.
Play; idle jingle.
An author who should introduce such a
sport
of words upon our stage would meet with small applause.
Broome.
5.
Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
6.
(Bot. & Zool.)
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. See
Sporting plant
, under
Sporting
.
7.
A sportsman; a gambler.
[Slang]
In sport
,
in jest; for play or diversion.
“So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?”
Prov. xxvi. 19.
Syn. – Play; game; diversion; frolic; mirth; mock; mockery; jeer.

Sport

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Sported
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Sporting
.]
1.
To play; to frolic; to wanton.
[Fish],
sporting
with quick glance,
Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold.
Milton.
2.
To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
3.
To trifle.
“He sports with his own life.”
Tillotson.
4.
(Bot. & Zool.)
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. See
Sport
,
Noun.
, 6.
Darwin.
Syn. – To play; frolic; game; wanton.

Sport

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To divert; to amuse; to make merry; – used with the reciprocal pronoun.
Against whom do ye
sport
yourselves?
Isa. lvii. 4.
2.
To represent by any kind of play.
Now
sporting
on thy lyre the loves of youth.
Dryden.
3.
To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear;
as, to
sport
a new equipage
.
[Colloq.]
Grose.
4.
To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; – with off;
as, to
sport
off epigrams
.
[R.]
Addison.
To sport one’s oak
.
See under
Oak
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Sport

SPORT

,
Noun.
1.
That which diverts and makes merry; play; game; diversion; also, mirth. The word signifies both the cause and the effect; that which produces mirth, and the mirth or merriment produced.
Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.
Here the word denotes the cause of amusement.
They called Samson out of the prison-house; and he made them sport. Judges 16.
Here sport is the effect.
2.
Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth.
Then make sport at me, then let me be your jest.
They made a sport of his prophets.
3.
That with which one plays, or which is driven about.
To 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.
4.
Play; idle jingle.
An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage, would meet with small applause.
5.
Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing.
In sport. To do a thing in sport, is to do it in jest, for play or diversion.
So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, am not I in sport? Proverbs 26.

SPORT

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To divert; to make merry; used with the reciprocal pronoun.
Against whom do ye sport yourselves? Isaiah 47.
2.
To represent by any kind of play.
Now sporting on thy lyre the love of youth.

SPORT

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To play; to frolick; to wanton.
See the brisk lambs that sport along the mead.
2.
To trifle. The man that laughs at religion sports with his own salvation.

Definition 2022


Sport

Sport

See also: sport, SPORT, spórt, šport, and sport.

German

Noun

Sport m (genitive Sports or Sportes, plural Sporte)

  1. sport (any athletic activity that uses physical skills)

Derived terms

sport

sport

See also: Sport, SPORT, spórt, šport, and sport.

English

Noun

sport (countable and uncountable, plural sports)

  1. (countable) Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics.
  2. (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.
  3. (countable) Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirable manner, a good sport.
    • You're such a sport! You never get upset when we tease you.
  4. (obsolete) That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
    • Shakespeare
      Think it but a minute spent in sport.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      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.
  5. (obsolete) Mockery; derision.
    • Shakespeare
      Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest.
  6. (countable) A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
    • Dryden
      flitting leaves, the sport of every wind
    • John Clarke
      Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions.
  7. (uncountable) Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
  8. (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.
    • 2014 September 26, Charles Quest-Ritson, “The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever: Hortus Bulborum, a volunteer-run Dutch garden, is dedicated to conserving historic varieties before they vanish for good [print version: Inspired by a living bulb archive, 27 September 2014, p. G5]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening):
      At Hortus Bulborum you will find heirloom narcissi that date back at least to the 15th century and famous old tulips like 'Duc van Tol' (1595) and its sports.
  9. (slang, countable) A sportsman; a gambler.
  10. (slang, countable) One who consorts with disreputable people, including prostitutes.
  11. (obsolete, uncountable) An amorous dalliance.
    • Charlie and Lisa enjoyed a bit of sport after their hike.
  12. (informal, usually singular) A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
    • 1924 July, Ellis Butler, “The Little Tin Godlets”, in The Rotarian, volume 25, number 1, Rotary International, page 14:
      "Say, sport!" he would say briskly.
  13. (obsolete) Play; idle jingle.
    • Broome
      An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

sport (third-person singular simple present sports, present participle sporting, simple 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.
    • Tillotson
      He sports with his own life.
  3. (transitive) To display; to have as a notable feature.
    • 2013 July 20, Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, [].
    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.
    • John Dryden
      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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Darwin to this entry?)
  8. (transitive) To close (a door).
    • M. R. James
      There he locked it up in a drawer, sported the doors of both sets of rooms, and retired to bed.

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Anagrams


Czech

Noun

sport m

  1. sport

Declension

Derived terms

  • profesionální sport m
  • rekreační sport m
  • vrcholový sport m

Related terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔrt/

Noun

sport f (plural sporten, diminutive sportje n)

  1. sport
  2. step on a ladder

Derived terms

Verb

sport

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of sporten
  2. imperative of sporten

Anagrams


French

Etymology

Borrowing from English sport.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔʁ/

Noun

sport m (plural sports)

  1. sport

Derived terms


Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈʃport]
  • Hyphenation: sport

Noun

sport (plural sportok)

  1. sport

Declension

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative sport sportok
accusative sportot sportokat
dative sportnak sportoknak
instrumental sporttal sportokkal
causal-final sportért sportokért
translative sporttá sportokká
terminative sportig sportokig
essive-formal sportként sportokként
essive-modal
inessive sportban sportokban
superessive sporton sportokon
adessive sportnál sportoknál
illative sportba sportokba
sublative sportra sportokra
allative sporthoz sportokhoz
elative sportból sportokból
delative sportról sportokról
ablative sporttól sportoktól
Possessive forms of sport
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. sportom sportjaim
2nd person sing. sportod sportjaid
3rd person sing. sportja sportjai
1st person plural sportunk sportjaink
2nd person plural sportotok sportjaitok
3rd person plural sportjuk sportjaik

Derived terms

(Compound words):


Interlingue

Noun

sport

  1. sport

Italian

Noun

sport m (invariable)

  1. sport (activity that uses physical skills, often competitive)
  2. hobby, pastime
    fare qualcosa per sport (to do something for fun)

Derived terms


Lower Sorbian

Etymology

Borrowing from English sport.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔrt/

Noun

sport m

  1. sport (athletic activity that uses physical skills)

Declension

References

  • sport in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.

Norman

Noun

sport m (plural sports)

  1. (Jersey) sport (physical activity pitting two or more opponents against each other)

Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

Verb

sport

  1. past participle of spore

Polish

Etymology

Borrowing from English sport

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔrt/

Noun

sport m inan

  1. sport

Declension

Derived terms


Serbo-Croatian

Alternative forms

Etymology

Borrowing from English sport.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spôrt/

Noun

spȍrt m (Cyrillic spelling спо̏рт)

  1. sport

Declension

Derived terms


Swedish

Pronunciation

Verb

sport

  1. supine of spörja.

Noun

sport c

  1. sport

Declension

Inflection of sport 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative sport sporten sporter sporterna
Genitive sports sportens sporters sporternas