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[dih-spawrt, -spohrt] /dɪˈspɔrt, -ˈspoʊrt/
verb (used with object)
to divert or amuse (oneself).
to display (oneself) in a sportive manner:
The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.
verb (used without object)
to divert oneself; sport.
diversion; amusement; play; sport.
Origin of disport
1275-1325; (v.) Middle English disporten, desporten < Anglo-French desporter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + porter literally, to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.
Related forms
disportment, noun
Can be confused
deport, disport. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disport
Historical Examples
  • It wasn't exactly the place for you to disport yourself in under the circumstances.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • It was full of victual, and all manner of mirth and disport.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Then they turned about and went into the wood to disport them, for the sun was growing hot.

  • But the people of a sea-shore town need no lake in which to disport themselves.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • So when she had gotten her breath again, she asked him what next she should do for his disport.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • disport yourself; but let your faultiness be concealed by a decent stealthiness.

  • He would ride and shout and shoot and disport himself unlawfully.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • And such plays of disport they make till the taking up of the boards.

  • For the place is made for nothing else, but only for his disport.

  • Courage that reckons so bates its own worth Till a coward might disport it.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
British Dictionary definitions for disport


(transitive) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
(intransitive) to frolic or gambol
(archaic) amusement
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French desporter, from des-dis-1 + porter to carry
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Word Origin and History for disport

late 14c., from Anglo-French disporter "divert, amuse," from Old French desporter "to seek amusement," literally "carry away" (the mind from serious matters), from des- "away" (see dis-) + porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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