from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To play or frolic.
  • intransitive v. To joke or trifle.
  • intransitive v. Biology To mutate.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suitable for use in athletic activities or for casual or informal wear.
  • n. Any athletic activity that uses physical skills, often competitive.
  • n. A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
  • n. Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirable manner, a good sport.
  • n. A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
  • n. Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
  • n. 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. A sportsman; a gambler, one who consorts with less than reputable people, including prostitutes.
  • n. An amorous dalliance.
  • n. A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
  • v. to amuse oneself, to play
  • v. to mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with
  • v. to display (something) with pride, to have (something) as an often unique feature
  • v. to bear a mark or wound with embarrassment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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. A sportsman; a gambler.
  • intransitive v. To play; to frolic; to wanton.
  • intransitive v. To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
  • intransitive v. To trifle.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To divert; to amuse; to make merry; -- used with the reciprocal pronoun.
  • transitive v. To represent by any kind of play.
  • transitive v. To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear.
  • transitive v. To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; -- with off.

from The 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.
  • 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.

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

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

Middle English sporte, short for disporte, from Old French desport, pleasure, from desporter, to divert; see disport.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French desport, variant of deport ("fun, amusement"), from Latin deportāre, present active infinitive of deportō.



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  • He’s lost the beard he sported in years past, along with a lot of weight — 50 pounds, he says, since he changed his diet and stopped taking antidepressants.

    transitive v. To display or show off: "His shoes sported elevated heels” ( Truman Capote).

    January 18, 2018

  •      "Tell us what you're doing here," Charles Wallace said.

         "What is this? The third degree? Aren't you the one who's supposed to be the moron?"

         Meg flushed with rage, but Charles Wallace answered placidly, "That's right. If you want me to call my dog off you'd better give."

         "Most peculiar moron I've ever met," Calvin said. "I just came to get away from my family."

         Charles Wallace nodded. "What kind of family?"

         "They all have runny noses. I'm third from the top of eleven kids. I'm a sport."

         At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So'm I."

         "I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.

         "Neither do I."

         "I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.

         "A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to their offspring."

         "What gives around here?" Calvin asked. "I was told you couldn't talk."

         "Thinking I'm a moron gives people something to feel smug about," Charles Wallace said. "Why should I disillusion them? How old are you, Cal?"


         "What grade?"

         "Junior. Eleventh. I'm bright. Listen, did anybody ask you to come here this afternoon?"

         Charles Wallace, holding Fort by the collar, looked at Calvin suspiciously. "What do you mean, ask?"

         Calvin shrugged. "You still don't trust me, do you?"

         "I don't distrust you," Charles Wallace said.

         "Do you want to tell me why you're here, then?"

         "Fort and Meg and I decided to go for a walk. We often do in the afternoon."

         Calvin dug his hands down in his pockets. "You're holding out on me."

         "So're you," Charles Wallace said.

         "Okay, old sport," Calvin said, "I'll tell you this much. Sometimes I get a feeling about things. You might call it a compulsion. Do you know what compulsion means?"

         "Constraint. Obligation. Because one is compelled. Not a very good definition, but it's the Concise Oxford."

          "Okay, okay," Calvin sighed. "I must remember I'm preconditioned in my concept of your mentality."

    -- from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, pp. 31-32.

    August 9, 2010

  • When I was in high school I had a T-shirt which read, in Swedish, "music saved me from sport". (The translation was in small letters on the sleeve.) I loved that T-shirt! And it was true: anyone in the annual school musical was exempt from sport for half the year, because that was when rehearsals took place. Hee hee.

    November 12, 2008

  • What about #14? How odd.

    April 8, 2008

  • The chromosomal alteration bit I've heard before -- a sport can be a mutant, essentially. I would assume that's the derivation for the word's use for a person who's a little off.

    Then there are sport peppers, which with a little celery salt makes a fine accompaniment to a Chicago hot dog.

    April 8, 2008

  • That's pretty weird. So is 10--"an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration." WTF?

    April 8, 2008

  • Can anyone verify WeirdNET 5, ie. 'a temporary summer resident of Maine'?

    April 8, 2008

  • Adam Cartwright. Had to look that one up. See A Horse is a Horse

    February 1, 2008