[spawrts-muh n, spohrts-]

noun, plural sports·men.

a man who engages in sports, especially in some open-air sport, as hunting, fishing, racing, etc.
a person who exhibits qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.

Origin of sportsman

First recorded in 1700–10; sports + -man
Related formssports·man·like, sports·man·ly, adjectivesports·man·li·ness, nounun·sports·man·like, adjectiveun·sports·man·ly, adjective, adverb

Usage note

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

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lacking in sportsmanship


noun plural -men

a man who takes part in sports, esp of the outdoor type
a person who exhibits qualities highly regarded in sport, such as fairness, generosity, observance of the rules, and good humour when losing
Derived Formssportsman-like or sportsmanly, adjectivesportsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsportsmanlike

1754, from un- (1) "not" + sportsmanlike (see sport (n.)). Unsporting is attested from 1859.



1706, from sports + man (n.).

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