from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Used in or appropriate for sports.
  • adjective Characterized by sportsmanship.
  • adjective Of or associated with gambling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Engaging or concerned in sport or diversion; specifically, interested in or practising field-sports: as, a sporting man. See sport, n., 9.
  • In botany and zoology, assuming the character of a sport. See sport, n., 8, Darwin, Var. of Animals and Plants, p. 413
  • noun A sport; a game; specifically, participation in horse-racing, sports of the field, etc.; sports collectively, with all the interests involved in them.
  • noun In zoology and botany, spontaneous origination of new and singular characters; the appearance of a sport, or the assumption of that character by an individual animal or plant. See sport, v. i., 3, and n., 8.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or engaging in, sport or sports; exhibiting the character or conduct of one who, or that which, sports.
  • adjective a book containing a record of bets, gambling operations, and the like.
  • adjective a house frequented by sportsmen, gamblers, and the like.
  • adjective one who practices field sports; also, a horse racer, a pugilist, a gambler, or the like.
  • adjective (Bot.) a plant in which a single bud or offset suddenly assumes a new, and sometimes very different, character from that of the rest of the plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of sport.
  • adjective not comparable Pertaining to sports
  • adjective comparable Exhibiting sportsmanship.
  • adjective comparable Having a reasonable chance of success.

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

  • adjective exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
  • adjective involving risk or willingness to take a risk
  • adjective relating to or used in sports
  • adjective preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance


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