[ spawr-ting, spohr- ]
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  1. engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.

  2. concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.

  1. interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.

  2. involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.

Origin of sporting

First recorded in 1590–1600; sport + -ing2

Other words from sporting

  • sport·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·sport·ing, adjective
  • non·sport·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·sport·ing, adjective

Words Nearby sporting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sporting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sporting


/ (ˈspɔːtɪŋ) /

  1. (prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sports: several sporting interests

  2. relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair

  1. of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling

  2. willing to take a risk

Derived forms of sporting

  • sportingly, adverb

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