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sportsman

[spawrts-muh n, spohrts-] /ˈspɔrts mən, ˈspoʊrts-/
noun, plural sportsmen.
1.
a man who engages in sports, especially in some open-air sport, as hunting, fishing, racing, etc.
2.
a person who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.
Origin of sportsman
1700-1710
1700-10; sports + -man
Related forms
sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, adjective
sportsmanliness, noun
unsportsmanlike, adjective
unsportsmanly, adjective, adverb
Usage note
See -man.
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  • I trust, sir,” the Marquis replied stiffly, “that they will behave like sportsmen and see the humour of the transaction.

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Men have to be sportsmen because they can't all be either naturalists or poets.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • European sportsmen, however, often find the hanuman very useful.

  • You are not aware, then, that you are playing with sportsmen?

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • African sportsmen found this out experimentally long before the idea occurred to artillerists.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • Both were sportsmen, and they often went out shooting together.

British Dictionary definitions for sportsmen

sportsman

/ˈspɔːtsmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a man who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
2.
a person who exhibits qualities highly regarded in sport, such as fairness, generosity, observance of the rules, and good humour when losing
Derived Forms
sportsman-like, sportsmanly, adjective
sportsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for sportsmen

sportsman

n.

1706, from sports + man (n.).

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