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[spawrts-woo m-uh n, spohrts-] /ˈspɔrtsˌwʊm ən, ˈspoʊrts-/
noun, plural sportswomen.
a woman who engages in sports.
Origin of sportswoman
First recorded in 1745-55; sports + -woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sportswoman
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  • I am surprised that you have not made her into more of a sportswoman.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • This volume is sure of a warm welcome from every Sportsman and sportswoman of to-day.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • Don't take sports clothes for all occasions if you are not a sportswoman.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • She vanquished Mrs. Struggles, the veteran lady champion of the shaft and bow, a sportswoman who was now on the verge of sixty.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • She was a sportswoman and, despite her lack of frailty, had led an outdoor life and possessed a nerve of steel.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • "It is well to remember at such a moment that one is a sportswoman," suggested de Vasselot.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • She was a genuine fancier, and sportswoman, and all her dogs were sure to be "workers," and thoroughly game.

    All About Dogs Charles Henry Lane
  • They established the principle, "A middle-aged woman who will marry a young boy is no sportswoman."

  • She was a good sort, a pretty creature, a sportswoman, an enchantress; but—she was decidedly mature.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • This sportswoman called Charity had been trying to live up to her name, of late.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for sportswoman


noun (pl) -women
a woman who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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