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  • adj. Obsolete spelling of sportful.

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Examples

  • Daughter and some other women, used oftentimes to make their resort, as it were in sportfull recreation; Pedro alwayes being diligent to man them thither.

    The Decameron

  • Me thought, I was in a goodly delightfull Forrest, in the Noble exercise of sportfull hunting, and became there possessed of a young Hinde, the verie loveliest and most pleasing beast that was ever seene.

    The Decameron

  • But when I again remembred the jesting and sportfull matter of the booke, unfit to be offered to any man of gravity and wisdome, I was wholly determined to make no Epistle

    The Golden Asse

  • And there my sportfull, faire, and pleasant companions, euerie one putting their right handes to mine, willing to haue me in, sayde,

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • It accompanied that person so long and frequently for ends best known to its selve, whether to guard him from the secret assaults of some of its own folks, or only as an sportfull ape to counterfeit all his actions. ''

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Diabolus vnto yor able Boddy. for we learne wher mellancholly choaks the passages of bloud and breth the errected spirit still lengthens or dayes wth sportfull exercise studie should be the saddest time of lif the rest a sport exempt from thought of strife

    Sir Thomas More

  • It accompanied that person so long and frequently for ends best known to its selve, whether to guard him from the secret assaults of some of its own folks, or only as an sportfull ape to counterfeit all his actions.” —

    A Legend of Montrose

  • But when I again remembred the jesting and sportfull matter of the booke, unfit to be offered to any man of gravity and wisdome, I was wholly determined to make no Epistle Dedicatory at all; till as now of late perswaded thereunto by my friends, I have boldly enterprised to offer the same to your Lordship, who as I trust wil accept the same, than if it did entreat of some serious and lofty matter, light and merry, yet the effect thereof tendeth to a good and vertuous moral, as in the following

    The Golden Asse

  • 1140: And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportfull.

    The Taming of the Shrew (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • 2536: How with a sportfull malice it was follow'd,

    Twelfth Night (1623 First Folio Edition)

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