Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who is active in sports.
  • n. A person whose conduct and attitude exhibit sportsmanship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who engages in sports. A male athlete.
  • n. A man who engages in country sports, such as hunting or fishing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pursues the sports of the field; one who hunts, fishes, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who sports; specifically, a man who practises field-sports, especially hunting or fishing, usually for pleasure and in a legitimate manner.
  • n. One who bets or is otherwise interested in field-sports, especially racing; a sporting man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who engages in sports

Etymologies

sports +‎ -man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The cover's just as much mine as it's his, 'observed Jack;' it belongs to old Sir Timothy Tensthemain, who's vegetating at Boulogne-sur-Mer, but Puff says he'll buy it when it comes to the hammer, so we'll flatter him by considering it his already, just as we flatter him by calling him a sportsman -- _sportsman_! 'added Jack, with a sneer,' he's just as much taste for the thing as a cow. '

    Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour

  • You have at last become prudent: you are no longer what you call a sportsman: you are a sensible coward, almost a grown-up man.

    Back to Methuselah

  • Where i live the Wardems are running New boats Multiple big outboards, new trucks, ATV's maybe California needs to talk to Alabama causes they are already licenseing the sportsman from the field.

    California Introduces $5 Game Warden Stamp

  • Golfing sportsman is right it is probably the gun that has killed the most game but as far as fitting me it isn't even close.

    is the 870 the best shotgun ever? i think so how about u guys?

  • A good sportsman is who plays the game fairly and admits the defeat gracefully.

    Preston: Top Clinton supporters ready to help Obama

  • (And what happened to non-fiction writing in sportsman's magazines?) 0 Good Comment?

    Brokeback Tree Stand

  • As someone posted a while back, I believe a feller named Dennis, the most important thing we can do as sportsman is to teach young folks.

    Firearms Superlatives, Part II

  • Hagen and other experts who treat back injuries in sportsman-heavy areas like western Pennsylvania attest that the outdoors — its irregular and slick terrain; the rigors of dragging a 150-pound deer through the woods — can be particularly fertile ground for back injuries.

    Seven Ways to Save Your Back During Hunting Season

  • Cameron Parish in Southwest Louisiana, hard up against the Texas line was what everyone called a sportsman's paradise.

    CNN Transcript Sep 27, 2005

  • I know as a sportsman, as a hunter and a fisherman that you have to preserve the habitat.

    CNN Transcript Aug 3, 2004

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