adjective Also sport.
Origin of sports
adjective Also sports.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sport
Synonyms for sport
Examples from the Web for sports
Contemporary Examples of sports
Local life in these places is not defined by their sports team or by their natural beauty—by things only available locally.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Ramos was a fervent Mets fan and he would often talk to the students about sports.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Many of the women arrived in the United States as part of sports and religious delegations.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
His constant worship of his wife stands in stark contrast to scandals of the domestic nature in other sports.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
[Sports Illustrated] is an amazing experience, and everyone there is the best team to work with.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of sports
Had you rather witness the sports of the gymnasia than the works of artists?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He joined in their sports, and was too much interested to take note of time.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
It had been the most exciting, the most savage of all sports—a man hunt!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Edwin and Imogen had been united in the sports of earliest infancy.Imogen
Why, yes, there are plenty of ‘sports’—of a kind—in this place.The Law-Breakers
- 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
atheltic games and contests, by 1660s, from sport (n.). Meaning "sports section of a newspaper" is 1913. Sports fan attested from 1921. Sportswear is from 1912. Sports car attested by 1914; so called for its speed and power:
I have just returned from the south of France, passing through Lyons, where I visited the [Berliet] works with my car, and was shown the new model 25 h.p. "sports" car, and was so impressed with this that I immediately ordered one on my return to London. [letter in "The Autocar," Jan. 7, 1914]
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.