[ spawr-ter, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr tər, ˈspoʊr- /


a person or thing that sports, as a participant in a sport.
an animal or piece of equipment for use in a sport, as a hunting dog or rifle.

Origin of sporter

First recorded in 1530–40; sport + -er1

Definition for sporter (2 of 2)

Origin of sport

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of disport


1 game.
19 romp, caper.
21 toy.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sporter

  • Here are the keys to that daffodil-hued tri-phibian you ogled at Sporter's exhibit.

    Zero Data|Charles Saphro
  • But Caswell was an old Crimea veteran; his face had been spiled by a powder explosion; but he certainly was a sporter!

    Two on the Trail|Hulbert Footner

British Dictionary definitions for sporter


/ (spɔːt) /



See also sports

Derived Forms

sporter, nounsportful, adjectivesportfully, adverbsportfulness, noun

Word Origin for sport

C15 sporten, variant of disporten to disport
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