[ spawr-ting, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr tɪŋ, ˈspoʊr- /


engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic sports: a rugged, sporting man.
concerned with or suitable for such sports: sporting equipment.
interested in or connected with sports or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas.
involving or inducing the taking of risk, as in a sport.

Nearby words

  1. sport utility vehicle,
  2. sport-utility vehicle,
  3. sporter,
  4. sportfisherman,
  5. sportfishing,
  6. sporting blood,
  7. sporting chance,
  8. sporting chance, a,
  9. sporting dog,
  10. sporting house

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

Examples from the Web for unsporting

British Dictionary definitions for unsporting


/ (ʌnˈspɔːtɪŋ) /


not relating or conforming to sportsmanship; unfair


/ (ˈspɔːtɪŋ) /


(prenominal) of, relating to, or used or engaged in a sport or sportsseveral sporting interests
relating or conforming to sportsmanship; fair
of, relating to, or characterized by an interest in gambling
willing to take a risk
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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