Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
  2. (noun, act) the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
  3. (noun, person) (Maine colloquial) a temporary summer resident of Maine
  4. (noun, person) a person known for the way she (or he) behaves when teased or defeated or subjected to trying circumstances
    a poor sport
  5. (noun, person) someone who engages in sports
  6. (noun, person) (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
  7. (noun, communication) verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
    he said it in sport
  8. (verb, stative) wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
  9. (verb, motion) play boisterously
    the gamboling lambs in the meadows
    The toddlers romped in the playroom

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Sport

  1. c.1400, "to take pleasure, to amuse oneself," from Anglo-Fr. disport, from O.Fr. desport "pastime, recreation, pleasure," from desporter "to divert, amuse, please, play" (see disport). Sense of "to amuse oneself by active exercise in open air or taking part in some game" is from late 15c. Meaning "to wear" is from 1778. more
  2. c.1440, "pleasant passtime," from sport (v.). Meaning "game involving physical exercise" first recorded 1523. Original sense preserved in phrases such as in sport "in jest" (c.1440). Sense of "stylish man" is from 1861, Amer.Eng., probably because they lived by gambling and betting on races. Meaning "good fellow" is attested from 1881 (e.g. be a sport, 1913). The … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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