[ spawr-ting, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr tɪŋ, ˈspoʊr- /


engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.
concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.
interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.
involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.

Origin of sporting

First recorded in 1590–1600; sport + -ing2

Related forms

sport·ing·ly, adverbnon·sport·ing, adjectivenon·sport·ing·ly, adverbun·sport·ing, adjective

Definition for sporting (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

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British Dictionary definitions for sporting (1 of 2)


/ (ˈspɔːtɪŋ) /


(prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sportsseveral sporting interests
relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
willing to take a risk

Derived Forms

sportingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for sporting (2 of 2)


/ (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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