adjective Also sports.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- sport fish,
- sport shirt,
- sport utility vehicle,
- sport-utility vehicle,
Origin of sport
Examples from the Web for 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|James Joiner|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like I said, as a team we drew attention to the sport in a way no one ever has.
This sport may be carried on from the 24th of July till October, from the rising to the setting of the sun.The Natural History of Cage Birds|J. M. Bechstein
But tandem driving is too good a sport to be confined to the show ring.Riding and Driving|Edward L. Anderson
Our day's sport, besides the monkey, was confined to sundry small green parrots and a few toucans.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
The three friends agreed, in sport, that they would each one day commit to writing his peculiar interpretation of its design.The Broken Cup|Johann Heinrich Daniel Zschokke
It seemed to her she was being flicked in sport with tickling switches.The Song of Songs|Hermann Sudermann
- 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.