Definition of sportif in English:

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Pronunciation: /spôrˈtēf/


1(Of a person) active or interested in athletic sports: he was sportif and ready for action
1.1(Of an action or event) intended in fun or as a joke.
1.2(Of a garment or style of dress) suitable for sport or informal wear; casual.
Example sentences
  • Spa-inspired clothing joins track suits, cross trainers and karate pants in the chic sportif tradition.
  • You'll just have to settle for sportif chic, my dear.


A person who is active or interested in sport.
Example sentences
  • The hotel has been a favourite amongst winter sportifs ever since the Serane family opened it for business some 35 years ago.
  • Paris will do it with great panache; actually the French aren't all sportifs and sportives but on the whole look indulgently on those who are.
  • He doesn't have the time nowadays to be a sportif - he used to love playing football, rugby, cricket and enjoyed windsurfing.



Words that rhyme with sportif

aperitif, beef, belief, brief, chief, enfeoff, fief, grief, interleaf, leaf, Leif, lief, Mazar-e-Sharif, misbelief, motif, naif, O'Keeffe, reef, seif, Sharif, sheaf, shereef, Tenerife, thief

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Syllabification: spor·tif

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