adjective Also sports.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sport
Synonyms for sport
Related Words for sportfun, athletics, pastime, game, don, play, recreation, ball, picnic, disport, gaiety, diversion, exercise, action, pleasure, frolic, amusement, games, teasing, nonsense
Examples from the Web for sport
Contemporary Examples of sport
Cricket is a sport enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the globe, mainly in former British colonies.
When he reaches a low point in his career, in 1997, he writes that he “even contemplated moving away from the sport completely.”
Sachin Tendulkar may be one of the most brilliant players in the sport, but he struggles to liven up his memoirs.
The sport of surfing is a very sexy sport, beautiful people on beautiful beaches in minimal clothing.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
Like I said, as a team we drew attention to the sport in a way no one ever has.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of sport
I never saw a girl of her age bid fairer to be the sport of mankind.Lady Susan
If you are really out just for sport and curiosity, I'm sorry for you.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
My brother Digby has no sport in him, and he is much bigger than me, besides.In the Valley
He had fished all his life—had Good Indian—and had found joy in the sport.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
But this ordeal combat was far removed from the domain of sport.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
- an animal or plant that differs conspicuously in one or more aspects from other organisms of the same species, usually because of a mutation
- an anomalous characteristic of such an organism
Word Origin for sport
c.1400, "to take pleasure, to amuse oneself," from Anglo-French disport, Old French desport "pastime, recreation, pleasure," from desporter "to divert, amuse, please, play" (see disport). Sense of "to amuse oneself by active exercise in open air or taking part in some game" is from late 15c. Meaning "to wear" is from 1778. Related: Sported; sporting.
mid-15c., "pleasant pastime," from sport (v.). Meaning "game involving physical exercise" first recorded 1520s. Original sense preserved in phrases such as in sport "in jest" (mid-15c.). Sense of "stylish man" is from 1861, American English, probably because they lived by gambling and betting on races. Meaning "good fellow" is attested from 1881 (e.g. be a sport, 1913). Sport as a familiar form of address to a man is from 1935, Australian English. The sport of kings was originally (1660s) war-making.