- Older Use. a brothel.
- Archaic. an establishment, as a tavern, inn, or the like, catering to gamblers or sportsmen.
Origin of sporting house
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for sporting house
Knightsbridge Grove, approached through a stately avenue of trees from the road, was a sporting-house.Club Life of London, Volume II (of 2)
- US rare a euphemistic word for brothel
- archaic a tavern or inn frequented by gamblers or other sportsmen
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