[ dih-spawrt, -spohrt ]
/ dɪˈspɔrt, -ˈspoʊrt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. displeasure,
  2. displode,
  3. displosion,
  4. displume,
  5. displuviate,
  6. disposable,
  7. disposable goods,
  8. disposable income,
  9. disposable personal income,
  10. disposable soma theory

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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British Dictionary definitions for disport


/ (dɪˈspɔːt) /


(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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