Definitions

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  • n. the state of being sportive

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being sportive; disposition to mirth; playfulness; mirth; gaiety; frolicsomeness: as, the sportiveness of one's humor.

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

  • n. lively high-spirited playfulness

Etymologies

sportive +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen, with all the sportiveness of infancy.

    Chapter 16

  • One other curious piece of sportiveness in his dealings with the

    Voltaire

  • For men say that the young of all creatures cannot be quiet in their bodies or in their voices; they are always wanting to move and cry out; some leaping and skipping, and overflowing with sportiveness and delight at something, others uttering all sorts of cries.

    Laws

  • He must have been sportive and wanton in his inventions — yet that cruel, that savage sportiveness has saved you from the sudden violence to which he has had recourse in the violation of others, of names and families not contemptible.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And when I think that it is true — when I see that the sportiveness and kitten-like gambols of girlhood should be over, and generally are over, when a girl has given her troth, it becomes a matter of regret to me that the feminine world should be in such a hurry after matrimony.

    The Small House at Allington

  • The lovely innocents proceeding to the destined sacrifice added not a little to the hilarity of the scene; they approached the plain full of sportiveness, some coursing butterflies, others culling flowers, or picking up the shining little pebbles that attracted their notice.

    The History of the Caliph Vathek

  • At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen with all the sportiveness of infancy.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • For this disorderly, wandering march, besides the drinking part of it, was accompanied with all the sportiveness and insolence of bacchanals, as much as if the god himself had been there to countenance and lead the procession.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • When they chance to see that even the lustre of their eyes, and the flippant sportiveness of refined coquetry will not always secure them attention, during a whole evening, should a woman of a more cultivated understanding endeavour to give a rational turn to the conversation, the common source of consolation is, that such women seldom get husbands.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • But the moral art, if it be not a profanation to use the word art, when alluding to the grace which is an effect of virtue, and not the motive of action, is never to be found with ignorance; the sportiveness of innocence, so pleasing to refined libertines of both sexes, is widely different in its essence from this superiour gracefulness.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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