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sports

[ spawrts, spohrts ]
/ spɔrts, spoʊrts /
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adjective Also sport.

of or relating to a sport or sports, especially of the open-air or athletic kind: a sports festival.
(of garments, equipment, etc.) suitable for use in open-air sports or for outdoor or informal use.

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fun, athletics, pastime, game, don, play, recreation, ball, picnic, disport, gaiety, diversion, exercise, action, pleasure, frolic, amusement, games, teasing, nonsense

Nearby words

sporting house, sporting lady, sportingly, sportive, sportively, sports, sports bar, sports bra, sports cap, sports car, sports coat

Origin of sports

First recorded in 1910–15; sport + -s3

Definition for sports (2 of 2)

Origin of sport

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of disport
SYNONYMS FOR sport
1 game.
19 romp, caper.
21 toy.
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British Dictionary definitions for sports (1 of 2)

sports

/ (spɔːts) /

noun

(modifier) relating to, concerned with, or used in sportssports equipment
(modifier) relating to or similar to a sports carsports seats
Also called: sports day British a meeting held at a school or college for competitions in various athletic events

British Dictionary definitions for sports (2 of 2)

sport

/ (spɔːt) /

noun

verb

See also sports
Derived Formssporter, nounsportful, adjectivesportfully, adverbsportfulness, noun

Word Origin for sport

C15 sporten, variant of disporten to disport
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