• synonyms

sporting house

  1. Older Use. a brothel.
  2. Archaic. an establishment, as a tavern, inn, or the like, catering to gamblers or sportsmen.
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Origin of sporting house

First recorded in 1855–60
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Historical Examples of sporting house

  • Knightsbridge Grove, approached through a stately avenue of trees from the road, was a sporting-house.

    Club Life of London, Volume II (of 2)

    John Timbs

British Dictionary definitions for sporting house

sporting house

  1. US rare a euphemistic word for brothel
  2. archaic a tavern or inn frequented by gamblers or other sportsmen
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