[ spawrts-muh n, spohrts- ]
/ ˈspɔrts mən, ˈspoʊrts- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. sports writer,
  2. sportscast,
  3. sportscaster,
  4. sportscasting,
  5. sportsdom,
  6. sportsmanly,
  7. sportsmanship,
  8. sportsperson,
  9. sportster,
  10. sportswear

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sportsmanlike


/ (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 Formssportsman-like or sportsmanly, adjectivesportsmanship, noun

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Word Origin and History for sportsmanlike



1706, from sports + man (n.).

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