sport one's oak. oak(def 5).

Origin of sport

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of disport
Related formssport·ful, adjectivesport·ful·ly, adverbsport·ful·ness, nounsport·less, adjectiveout·sport, verb (used with object)un·sport·ed, adjectiveun·sport·ful, adjective

Synonyms for sport

1. game. 4. amusement, fun, entertainment. See play. 19. romp, caper. 21. toy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sport

Contemporary Examples of sport

Historical Examples of sport

  • I never saw a girl of her age bid fairer to be the sport of mankind.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • 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

    Harold Frederic

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sport



an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis, etc
such activities considered collectively
any particular pastime indulged in for pleasure
the pleasure derived from a pastime, esp hunting, shooting, or fishingwe had good sport today
playful or good-humoured jokingto say a thing in sport
derisive mockery or the object of such mockeryto make sport of someone
someone or something that is controlled by external influencesthe sport of fate
informal (sometimes qualified by good, bad, etc) a person who reacts cheerfully in the face of adversity, esp a good loser
informal a person noted for being scrupulously fair and abiding by the rules of a game
informal a person who leads a merry existence, esp a gamblerhe's a bit of a sport
Australian and NZ informal a form of address used esp between males
  1. an animal or plant that differs conspicuously in one or more aspects from other organisms of the same species, usually because of a mutation
  2. an anomalous characteristic of such an organism


(tr) informal to wear or display in an ostentatious or proud mannershe was sporting a new hat
(intr) to skip about or frolic happily
to amuse (oneself), esp in outdoor physical recreation
(intr often foll by with) to dally or trifle (with)
(tr often foll by away) rare to squander (time or money)sporting one's life away
(intr often foll by with) archaic to make fun (of)
(intr) biology to produce or undergo a mutation
See also sports
Derived Formssporter, nounsportful, adjectivesportfully, adverbsportfulness, noun

Word Origin for sport

C15 sporten, variant of disporten to disport
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper