Origin of sporting
adjective Also sports.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sport
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Contemporary Examples of sporting
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Just ask Darren Sharper what happens if your sporting career suddenly falters.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star
December 22, 2014
Being dapper is all about attention to detail, like sporting a perfectly tucked handkerchief in your suit pocket.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Brash, crass, and sporting a perpetually raised eyebrow, Ash Williams remains the ultimate postmodern superhero.The King of Postmodern Cool Is Reborn in ‘Ash Vs. The Evil Dead’
November 15, 2014
Bundy asks Bakari, who is off to his right, sporting all black everything.Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of sporting
But, then, there are times when the sporting instinct sways all else.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
We often hear this attributed admiringly to "the sporting instinct."Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
If it were made what he called a “sporting proposition” he might consider it.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
There are two breeds of sporting dogs: the Castorian and the fox-like.The Sportsman
There is nothing else at the court but dancing and sporting.'History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II.
James Anthony Froude
- 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
"characterized by conduct constant with that of a sportsman," 1799 (e.g. sporting chance, 1897), from present participle of sport (v.).
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.