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[spawr-ting, spohr-]
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  1. engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.
  2. concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.
  3. sportsmanlike.
  4. interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.
  5. involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.
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Origin of sporting

First recorded in 1590–1600; sport + -ing2
Related formssport·ing·ly, adverbnon·sport·ing, adjectivenon·sport·ing·ly, adverbun·sport·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unsporting

Historical Examples

  • It was unsporting, however, to go in confident of defeat, so she meant to do her best.

    The Luckiest Girl in the School

    Angela Brazil

  • It seemed to him that he had taken a rather mean and unsporting line, nor did he believe for a moment that he was honest.

    The Grey Room

    Eden Phillpotts

  • "Too unsporting," growled the beefy squire, his pale eyes squinting with strain.

    The Buttoned Sky

    Geoff St. Reynard

  • It was excusable, if unsporting, for the scout to bite the thumb of his nearest assailant—and a good thorough bite it was.

British Dictionary definitions for unsporting


  1. not relating or conforming to sportsmanship; unfair
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  1. (prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sportsseveral sporting interests
  2. relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
  3. of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
  4. willing to take a risk
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Derived Formssportingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unsporting



"characterized by conduct constant with that of a sportsman," 1799 (e.g. sporting chance, 1897), from present participle of sport (v.).

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