[spawrts-muh n, spohrts-]
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.
Origin of sportsman
Related formssports·man·like, sports·man·ly, adjectivesports·man·li·ness, nounun·sports·man·like, adjectiveun·sports·man·ly, adjective, adverb
First recorded in 1700–10; sports
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for sportsmanlike
Historical Examples of sportsmanlike
All right and sportsmanlike,' said his lordship, with a knowing wink, and walked on.
But the methods of the sportsmanlike criminal of our day are very different.
Let all that you secure be done according to rule, and in a sportsmanlike manner.
Now the German, as has recently been shown, is neither dramatic nor sportsmanlike.
The Texas men were not over-popular in Arizona, and yet it was a sportsmanlike crowd.
British Dictionary definitions for sportsmanlike
noun plural -men
Derived Formssportsman-like or sportsmanly, adjectivesportsmanship, noun
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
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