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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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  • Had his friend's wife opened the door with another key in some fit of curiosity and disported herself in those clothes?

  • I'm just hearing how Philip disported himself at his 'lunchun.'

    The Wishing-Ring Man Margaret Widdemer
  • This was the simple and childlike way that these two men, each a genius in his own way, disported themselves on a holiday.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • Whales, that they had not the means of taking, disported around them.

  • Were not carnage and plunder the very elements in which they disported themselves?

  • Those favoured fair ones are not there now, but she herself is; owner of the very Paradise in which they disported themselves!

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • For a blessed half-hour he disported himself in imagination by the “gay Aleppo-Gate,” and listened to the bird-voiced singing-man.

  • Outside the station the usual crowd had gathered, where it disported itself like a herd of wild elephants.

  • From those heights of beautiful emotion where he had disported himself lately there could be no gradual lapse into indifference.

    The Tysons May Sinclair
  • Most daring of all at the festival, these fifty girls who now disported themselves in the water at my feet.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for disported


(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 disported



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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