[ spawr-tee, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr ti, ˈspoʊr- /

adjective, sport·i·er, sport·i·est. Informal.

flashy; showy.
smart in dress, behavior, etc.
like or befitting a sportsman.
dissipated; fast: a sporty crowd.
designed for or suitable for sport.


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Origin of sporty

First recorded in 1885–90; sport + -y1


sport·i·ly, adverbsport·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sporty

/ (ˈspɔːtɪ) /

adjective sportier or sportiest

(of a person) fond of sport or outdoor activities
(of clothes) having the appearance of sportswear
(of a car) having the performance or appearance of a sports car

noun plural -ies

British informal a young person who typically wears sportswear, is competitive about sport , and takes an interest in his or her fitness

Derived forms of sporty

sportily, adverbsportiness, noun
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