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sportsman

[spawrts-muh n, spohrts-]
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noun, plural sports·men.
  1. a man who engages in sports, especially in some open-air sport, as hunting, fishing, racing, etc.
  2. a person who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.
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Origin of sportsman

First recorded in 1700–10; sports + -man
Related formssports·man·like, sports·man·ly, adjectivesports·man·li·ness, nounun·sports·man·like, adjectiveun·sports·man·ly, adjective, adverb

Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words for sportsman

hawker, deerstalker, huntsman, sportsman, trapper, falconer, fisherman, stalker, chaser, huntress, pursuer, pursuant

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British Dictionary definitions for sportsman

sportsman

noun plural -men
  1. a man who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
  2. a person who exhibits qualities highly regarded in sport, such as fairness, generosity, observance of the rules, and good humour when losing
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Derived Formssportsman-like or sportsmanly, adjectivesportsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for sportsman

n.

1706, from sports + man (n.).

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