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[dih-spawrt, -spohrt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to divert or amuse (oneself).
  2. to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to divert oneself; sport.
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  1. diversion; amusement; play; sport.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Meanwhile the volcano on which they disported themselves was ominously silent.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • We swam off to these, and disported ourselves in the water after the manner of porpoises.

  • I'm just hearing how Philip disported himself at his 'lunchun.'

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer

  • Whales, that they had not the means of taking, disported around them.

  • They were incarnated in the bodies of the Gopis of Braja, and so disported with Krishna in the rsa play.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

British Dictionary definitions for disported


  1. (tr) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
  2. (intr) to frolic or gambol
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  1. archaic amusement
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Word Origin

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



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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