[spawrts-muh n-ship, spohrts-]


the character, practice, or skill of a sportsman.
sportsmanlike conduct, as fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc.

Origin of sportsmanship

First recorded in 1735–45; sportsman + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sportsmanship

Contemporary Examples of sportsmanship

Historical Examples of sportsmanship

  • Sportsmanship, sheer sportsmanship, carried him through all!

    Jesse Cliffe

    Mary Russell Mitford

  • That is, it the Israeli delegation has the courage, the sportsmanship to agree.

    The Golden Judge

    Nathaniel Gordon

  • One likes to contemplate the sportsmanship of that function.

  • The nicest thing about him, Clancy decided, was his sportsmanship.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

  • But we think the English are fools with their sportsmanship and all that.

    The A.E.F.

    Heywood Broun

Word Origin and History for sportsmanship

"conduct worthy of a sportsman," 1745, from sportsman + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper