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

  • adj. Appropriate for sport or participation in sports.
  • adj. Exhibiting sportsmanship; sporting.
  • adj. Flashy; jazzy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Favourable to sports
  • adj. Flashy in appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sporting; devoted to sports; characteristic of sportsmen; game.

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

  • adj. exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
  • adj. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
  • adj. appropriate for sport or engagement in a sport


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  • Indeed.

    August 26, 2009

  • Well, it's dire to us mortals, but not to Coastie rescue swimmers and stuff who train their asses off for just this sort of thing. They are a different breed, that's for sure.

    August 26, 2009

  • You're right--it is hard to believe it wasn't listed sooner. I've never heard it used this way, though. It'd be funny if it weren't so dire.

    August 26, 2009

  • Hard to believe this wasn't listed before today...

    "In official terms the attempt to help Tomizawa was categorized as an 'increased risk' mission, meaning the weather conditions were extreme and the survivor was in danger of perishing. The rescuers, therefore, were willing to accept a higher level of risk in order to save him. Among the actual crews these missions are referred to as 'sporty,' as in, 'Boy, it sure was sporty out there last night.' In general, sporty is good; it's what rescue is all about. An Air National Guard pararescue jumper—the military equivalent of Coast Guard rescue swimmers—might get half a dozen sporty rescues in a lifetime. These rescues are talked about, studied, and sometimes envied for years."

    —Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997 (NY: HarperCollins, 1999), 174

    August 26, 2009