Definitions of sport

  1. an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
  2. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner; " she was sporting a new hat"
  3. verbal wit ( often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); " he became a figure of fun"
  4. ( biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
  5. the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
  6. someone who engages in sports
  7. ( Maine colloquial) temporary summer resident in inland Maine
  8. ( Maine colloquial) temporary summer resident of inland Maine
  9. play boisterously; " The children frolicked in the garden"; " the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; " The toddlers romped in the playroom"
  10. That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
  11. Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision.
  12. That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
  13. Play; idle jingle.
  14. Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
  15. A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. See Sporting plant, under Sporting.
  16. A sportsman; a gambler.
  17. To play; to frolic; to wanton.
  18. To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
  19. To trifle.
  20. To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; -- said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal. See Sport, n., 6.
  21. To divert; to amuse; to make merry; -- used with the reciprocal pronoun.
  22. To represent by any knd of play.
  23. To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear; as, to sport a new equipage.
  24. To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; -- with off; as, to sport off epigrams.
  25. Pastime; amusement; jest or pleasantry; as, he said it in sport; mockery or derision; as, they made sport of him; outdoor play or recreation, as hunting, shooting, etc.; an athletic game; colloquially, a gambler or a cheap, flashy person.
  26. To play or frolic; to practice field diversions, such as athletic contests.
  27. To play: to frolic: to practice field diversions: to trifle.
  28. To amuse: to make merry: to represent playfully.
  29. That which amuses or makes merry: play: mirth: jest: contemptuous mirth: anything for playing with: a toy: idle jingle: field diversion: any organism deviating from the normal or natural condition; an aberrant natural production; a monstrosity; a lusus naturae; as, " Yes- I nursed thee, thou monstrous sport of nature."- Byron; specifically, in bot. a plant that assumes a character and appearance distinct from the normal type, a bud or portion of a plant that assumes such a form.
  30. Play; mirth; diversion; mocker.
  31. To play; frolic; trifle.
  32. To display ostentatiously.
  33. To play; frolic; jest.
  34. Diversion; pastime; a game or play; pleasantry; raillery.
  35. Mirth; diversion; contemptuous mirth plaything; play; diversion of the field, as fowiing, hunting, or fishing.
  36. To divert; to represent by any kind of play.
  37. To play; trifle.
  38. Diversion; anything which makes merry; the mirth or pleasure thus produced; play; frolic; mockery; fowling, hunting, or fishing.
  39. To divert; to make merry; to frolic; to jest; to trifle; in familiar language, to exhibit or wear, as an article of dress.

Usage examples for sport

  1. They had had no luck that day- the water was too high; but it was already falling, and they were looking forward to great sport on the morrow. – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  2. Wouldn't it be rather sport, don't you think?" – The Princess of the School by Angela Brazil
  3. Belle and the lieutenant had arrived, and they were having great sport about something. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  4. A Great Day's Sport on Warner's Ranch. – Out of Doors--California and Oregon by J. A. Graves
  5. He had no taste for any kind of sport; he concerned himself only with women. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
  6. " Since you were the first to speak," replied Hircan," 'tis reasonable that you should rule us; for in sport we are all equal." – The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. I. (of V.) by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
  7. I've saw worse horses than this one come in ahead- it wouldn't be no sport o' kings if nobody took a chance. – Cow-Country by B. M. Bower
  8. And for your sake- and the sake of sport- did I not almost promise him many things? – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  9. Had they wished to deceive him, to make sport of him? – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  10. You are making sport of me. – The Magic Soap Bubble by David Cory
  11. Thou hast thy walks for health as well as sport ... – The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare by J. J. Jusserand
  12. He has been playing with them for the sport of the people. – The Gringos by B. M. Bower
  13. He let the House go its own sweet way; and the House was grateful, and gave Ferguson the reputation of being rather a sport. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  14. For an hour they had splendid sport. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  15. It really does not seem quite fair to take excellent, kindly care of any animal or bird, allow it to believe you are its friend, and then to suddenly turn it loose and proceed to hunt it for mere sport. – John and Betty's History Visit by Margaret Williamson
  16. We killed some almost every day, more for sport then for neede. – Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson by Peter Esprit Radisson
  17. I tell her she must be a good sport and put up with it for the good of the team! – Interference and Other Football Stories by Harold M. Sherman
  18. Do come and help; there's a sport! – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil
  19. " Of course it isn't a very noble kind of sport," he said, with a laugh. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing