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sportive

[spawr-tiv, spohr-] /ˈspɔr tɪv, ˈspoʊr-/
adjective
1.
playful or frolicsome; jesting, jocose, or merry:
a sportive puppy.
2.
done in sport, rather than in earnest:
a sportive show of affection.
3.
pertaining to or of the nature of a sport or sports.
4.
Biology. mutative.
5.
Archaic. ardent; wanton.
Origin of sportive
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; sport + -ive
Related forms
sportively, adverb
sportiveness; Archaic. sportability, noun
unsportive, adjective
unsportively, adverb
unsportiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. jocular, gay, sprightly, frisky.
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Examples from the Web for sportive
Historical Examples
  • Such characters are not ruled by fate but by a sportive chance.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • He plays with two sportive spaniels, and cries "Down, Sir, down."

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Fred shook it as he wished, though he was far from feeling in a sportive mood.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • During this sportive encounter, Mr. Regulus came up to greet me.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It is the only time I ever saw this hawk in a sportive or aggressive mood.

  • How shrunken with the sorrow of their wretched lives, and yet how sportive they seem!

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • The address at the head of this paper is no sportive invention of mine.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • That is the point about American sport; that it is not in the least sportive.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • With some sportive malice there was evidently a spice of truth in his remarks.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • I've seen her as sportive as a young fawn at the Hall of Harmony.

British Dictionary definitions for sportive

sportive

/ˈspɔːtɪv/
adjective
1.
playful or joyous
2.
done in jest rather than seriously
3.
of, relating to, or interested in sports
4.
(obsolete) wanton or amorous: a sportive wench
Derived Forms
sportively, adverb
sportiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sportive
adj.

1580s, from sport + -ive. Related: Sportively; sportiveness.

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