- engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.
- concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.
- interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.
- involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.
Origin of sporting
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Examples from the Web for unsporting
It was unsporting, however, to go in confident of defeat, so she meant to do her best.The Luckiest Girl in the School
It seemed to him that he had taken a rather mean and unsporting line, nor did he believe for a moment that he was honest.The Grey Room
"Too unsporting," growled the beefy squire, his pale eyes squinting with strain.The Buttoned Sky
Geoff St. Reynard
It was excusable, if unsporting, for the scout to bite the thumb of his nearest assailant—and a good thorough bite it was.
- not relating or conforming to sportsmanship; unfair
- (prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sportsseveral sporting interests
- relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
- of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
- willing to take a risk
Word Origin and History for unsporting
"characterized by conduct constant with that of a sportsman," 1799 (e.g. sporting chance, 1897), from present participle of sport (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper