[dih-spawrt, -spohrt]

verb (used with object)

to divert or amuse (oneself).
to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.

verb (used without object)

to divert oneself; sport.


diversion; amusement; play; sport.

Origin of disport

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English disporten, desporten < Anglo-French desporter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + porter literally, to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.
Related formsdis·port·ment, noun
Can be confuseddeport disport
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Examples from the Web for disport

Historical Examples of disport

  • It wasn't exactly the place for you to disport yourself in under the circumstances.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • It was full of victual, and all manner of mirth and disport.

    Joyous Gard

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • Then they turned about and went into the wood to disport them, for the sun was growing hot.

  • But the people of a sea-shore town need no lake in which to disport themselves.

    The Boy Tar

    Mayne Reid

  • So when she had gotten her breath again, she asked him what next she should do for his disport.

    The Sundering Flood

    William Morris

British Dictionary definitions for disport



(tr) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
(intr) to frolic or gambol


archaic amusement

Word Origin for disport

C14: from Anglo-French desporter, from des- dis- 1 + porter to carry
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Word Origin and History for disport

late 14c., from Anglo-French disporter "divert, amuse," from Old French desporter "to seek amusement," literally "carry away" (the mind from serious matters), from des- "away" (see dis-) + porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).

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