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sportsman

[ spawrts-muhn, spohrts- ]
/ ˈspɔrts mən, ˈspoʊrts- /
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noun, plural sports·men.
a man who engages in sports, especially in some open-air sport, as hunting, fishing, racing, etc.
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

usage note for sportsman

See -man.

OTHER WORDS FROM sportsman

sports·man·like, sports·man·ly, adjectivesports·man·li·ness, nounun·sports·man·like, adjectiveun·sports·man·ly, adjective, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sportsman

sportsman
/ (ˈspɔːtsmən) /

noun plural -men
a man who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
a person who exhibits qualities highly regarded in sport, such as fairness, generosity, observance of the rules, and good humour when losing

Derived forms of sportsman

sportsman-like or sportsmanly, adjectivesportsmanship, noun
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