[spawr-ting, spohr-]


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.

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

Historical Examples of unsporting

British Dictionary definitions for unsporting



not relating or conforming to sportsmanship; unfair



(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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