[ 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.

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 forms

dis·port·ment, noun

Can be confused

deport disport
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British Dictionary definitions for disportments


/ (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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