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;Related formsdis·port·ment, noun
(v.) Middle English disporten, desporten
< Anglo-French desporter,
equivalent to des- dis-1
literally, to carry (see port5
); (noun) Middle English
derivative of the v.
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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.
It was full of victual, and all manner of mirth and disport.
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.
So when she had gotten her breath again, she asked him what next she should do for his disport.
British Dictionary definitions for disport
(tr) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
(intr) to frolic or gambol
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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