[spawr-tee, spohr-]

adjective, sport·i·er, sport·i·est. Informal.

flashy; showy.
smart in dress, behavior, etc.
like or befitting a sportsman.
dissipated; fast: a sporty crowd.
designed for or suitable for sport.

Origin of sporty

First recorded in 1885–90; sport + -y1
Related formssport·i·ly, adverbsport·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sportiness

Historical Examples of sportiness

  • Aleck's nature was that of a grind tempered with sportiness.

    The Stolen Singer

    Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger

British Dictionary definitions for sportiness


adjective sportier or sportiest

(of a person) fond of sport or outdoor activities
(of clothes) having the appearance of sportswear
(of a car) having the performance or appearance of a sports car

noun plural -ies

British informal a young person who typically wears sportswear, is competitive about sport , and takes an interest in his or her fitness
Derived Formssportily, adverbsportiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sportiness



1889, "sportsmanlike;" 1962, "in the style of a sports car," from sport (n.) + -y (2). Related: Sportily; sportiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper