American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Playful; frolicsome.
- adj. Relating to or interested in sports.
- adj. Archaic Amorous or wanton.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inclined toward sport; fond of sport or amusement; frolicsome; playful.
- Connected with amusement or sports; characterized by sport, mirth, or pleasantry.
- Amorous; wanton.
- In botany and zoology, tending to vary from the normal type. See sport, n., 8. Darwin, Var. of Animals and Plants, p. 407. Synonyms Jocose, jocular, facetious, gamesome, prankish.
- adj. gay; frolicsome; merry
- adj. Playful, coltish.
- adj. Interested in sport.
- adj. Sporty, good at sport.
- n. cycling cyclosportive
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to, engaged in, or provocative of, sport; gay; frolicsome; playful; merry.
- adj. given to merry frolicking
- adj. relating to or interested in sports
- From sport + -ive. (Wiktionary)
“It originated in sportive conversation at poor Lovell's, and we agreed each to produce an act by the next evening; – S.T.C. the first, I the second, and Lovell the third.”
“It takes its name from the frolicsome spirit supposed to be imparted by it to its imbibers, whose gambols remind the observant Teuton of those of the bock, or goat, a figure of which animal, engaged in sportive dalliance with a beer cask, is usually to be seen as a sign in places where this brewage is on tap.”
“It originated in sportive conversation at poor Lovell's, and we agreed each to produce an act by the next evening; — S.T.C. the first, I the second, and Lovell the third.”
“In sentimental conversation, subjects interesting to the heart, and to the imagination, are brought forward; they are discussed in a kind of sportive way, with animation and refinement, and are never continued longer than politeness allows.”
“Abbey of Thélème, -- a kind of sportive Brook Farm set far away in a world unrealized.”
“Examples of this kind of sportive irreverence are common enough; their root is in human nature: and they could not be absent in the mythology of savage or of ancient peoples.”
“William was a kind-hearted, "sportive" man, who took _Bell's Life_, and I can remember that there was a good supply of English reading in the house.”
“She had left a snuff-box of considerable value with me, which I had forgotten to return; and, with that kind of sportive cheerfulness which I rather encourage than repress, I called -- 'Here!”
“Just outside the mountain town of Vicdessos, the "Station Sports Nature de Montcalm" offers guided circuits graded in difficulty and suitable for children from seven years old (montcalm-aventure. com), though the Ariège's wildest Via Ferrata, described as "sportive" requires a four-hour trek up to the Refuge d'Estagnous (ariege. com / refuge-estagnous).”
“sportive"; but it is singular that she should be spoken of as "well featured, but wanton.”
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