[spawr-ting, spohr-]
  1. engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.
  2. concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.
  3. sportsmanlike.
  4. interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.
  5. involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.

Origin of sporting

First recorded in 1590–1600; sport + -ing2
Related formssport·ing·ly, adverbnon·sport·ing, adjectivenon·sport·ing·ly, adverbun·sport·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nonsporting


  1. not of or related to sport
  2. having no aptitude for sport


  1. (prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sportsseveral sporting interests
  2. relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
  3. of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
  4. willing to take a risk
Derived Formssportingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonsporting



"characterized by conduct constant with that of a sportsman," 1799 (e.g. sporting chance, 1897), from present participle of sport (v.).

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