[spawrts-woo m-uh n, spohrts-]

noun, plural sports·wom·en.

a woman who engages in sports.

Origin of sportswoman

First recorded in 1745–55; sports + -woman

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for sportswoman

Historical Examples of sportswoman

  • I am surprised that you have not made her into more of a sportswoman.

    A Bachelor Husband

    Ruby M. Ayres

  • This volume is sure of a warm welcome from every Sportsman and Sportswoman of to-day.

    Fifty Years of Golf

    Horace G. Hutchinson

  • Don't take sports clothes for all occasions if you are not a sportswoman.


    Emily Post

  • She vanquished Mrs. Struggles, the veteran lady champion of the shaft and bow, a sportswoman who was now on the verge of sixty.

    The Mark Of Cain

    Andrew Lang

  • She was a sportswoman and, despite her lack of frailty, had led an outdoor life and possessed a nerve of steel.

    The Beach of Dreams

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for sportswoman


noun plural -women

a woman who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
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