American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
- n. A particular form of this activity.
- n. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
- n. An active pastime; recreation.
- n. Mockery; jest: He made sport of his own looks.
- n. An object of mockery, jest, or play: treated our interests as sport.
- n. A joking mood or attitude: She made the remark in sport.
- n. One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation: a poor sport.
- n. Informal One who accepts rules or difficult situations well.
- n. Informal A pleasant companion: was a real sport during the trip.
- n. Informal A person who lives a jolly, extravagant life.
- n. Informal A gambler at sporting events.
- n. Biology An organism that shows a marked change from the normal type or parent stock, typically as a result of mutation.
- n. Maine See summercater. See Regional Note at summercater.
- n. Obsolete Amorous dalliance; lovemaking.
- v. To play or frolic.
- v. To joke or trifle.
- v. Biology To mutate.
- v. To display or show off: "His shoes sported elevated heels” ( Truman Capote).
- adj. Of, relating to, or appropriate for sports: sport fishing; sports equipment.
- adj. Designed or appropriate for outdoor or informal wear: a sport shirt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To amuse; divert; entertain; make merry: commonly with a reflexive object.
- To represent by any kind of play.
- To display sportively or with ostentation; show-off; show; exhibit.
- To spend in display.
- To cause to sport, or vary from the normal type.
- To divert one's self; play; frolic; take part in games or other pastimes; specifically, to practise field-sports.
- To jest; speak or act jestingly; trifle.
- In zoöl, and botany, to become a sport; produce a sport; vary from normal structure in a singular spontaneous manner, as an animal or a plant. See sport. n., 8.
- n. Amusement; enjoyment; entertainment; diversion; fun.
- n. A mode of amusement; a playful act or proceeding; apastime; amerrymaking; aplay, game, or other form of diversion.
- n. Specifically— A dramatic or spectacular performance.
- n. Any out-of-door pastime, such as hunting, fishing, racing, or the various forms of athletic contests.
- n. Jest, as opposed to earnest; mere pleasantry.
- n. Amorous dallying; wantonness.
- n. A plaything; a toy.
- n. A subjeet of amusement, mirth, or derision; especially, a mock; a laughing-stock.
- n. Play; idle jingle.
- n. In zoology and botany, an animal or a plant, or any part of one, that varies suddenly or singularly from the normal type of structure, and is usually of transient character, or not perpetuated. A sport is generally an individual variation of apparently spontaneous origin. The difference from the normal type is usually slight, but may be quite marked; in either case its tendency is to disappear with the individual in which it arises, though sonic sports repeat themselves, or may be preserved by careful selection. If perpetuated, it becomes a strain, breed, or variety. Sports are observed chiefly among domesticated animals and cultivated plants. Many of the beautiful or curious hothouseflowers are mere sports, that are produced by high cultivation, crossing, or accident, and some valued breeds of domestic animals have arisen in like manner. Monstrous characters are sometim es acquired, but mere monstrosities or malformations are not usually called
sports. Compare spontaneity, 2 , and freak of nature (under freak).
- n. A sporting man; one who is interested in open-air sports; hence, in a bad sense, a betting man; a gambler; a blackleg.
- n. Synonyms Recreation, hilarity, merriment, mirth, jollity, gamboling.
- n. Frolic, prank.
- n. A man; a fellow; especially a man who has a fad: as, a fresh-air sport.
- adj. Suitable for use in athletic activities or for casual or informal wear.
- n. countable Any athletic activity that uses physical skills, often competitive.
- n. countable A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
- n. countable Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirable manner, a good sport.
- n. countable A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
- n. uncountable Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
- n. biology, botany, zoology, countable 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. The term encompasses both mutants and organisms with non-genetic developmental abnormalities such as birth defects.
- n. slang, countable A sportsman; a gambler, one who consorts with less than reputable people, including prostitutes.
- n. obsolete, uncountable An amorous dalliance.
- n. informal, usually singular A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
- v. intransitive to amuse oneself, to play
- v. intransitive to mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with
- v. transitive to display (something) with pride, to have (something) as an often unique feature
- v. transitive to bear a mark or wound with embarrassment
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
- n. Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision.
- n. That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
- n. Play; idle jingle.
- n. Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
- n. (Bot. & Zoöl.) 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.
- n. Slang A sportsman; a gambler.
- v. To play; to frolic; to wanton.
- v. To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
- v. To trifle.
- v. (Bot. & Zoöl.) To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of species; -- said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal. See Sport, n., 6.
- v. To divert; to amuse; to make merry; -- used with the reciprocal pronoun.
- v. To represent by any kind of play.
- v. colloq. To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear.
- v. rare To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; -- with
- v. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
- n. an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
- n. someone who engages in sports
- n. verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
- n. the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
- n. (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
- n. (Maine colloquial) a temporary summer resident of Maine
- n. a person known for the way she (or he) behaves when teased or defeated or subjected to trying circumstances
- v. play boisterously
- From Old French desport, variant of deport ("fun, amusement"), from Latin deportāre, present active infinitive of deportō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sporte, short for disporte, from Old French desport, pleasure, from desporter, to divert; see disport. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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