noun (plural sportsmen)
1A man who takes part in a sport, especially as a professional.
- An athlete and sportsman, he played football (as a goalkeeper), skied and was an avid theatregoer, at one time he even considered becoming an actor.
- The Super 12 is a brutally tough competition, but the reality of being professional sportsmen is you've got to take the heat when you don't perform.
- I have no objection to professional sportsmen but I don't think they derive the same pleasure from their exertions as the people who play sport primarily for enjoyment.
1.2 dated A man who hunts or shoots wild animals as a pastime.
- Among the draperies and furniture upholstered in this redundancy of plaids are other tropes of the sportsman's lodge - chandeliers, racks of antlers, hunting prints framed in plaids.
- Hemingway was a keen sportsman but he was fond of blood sports.
- A ‘gillie’, by the by, was originally an attendant on a Highland chief, but by the nineteenth century was a sportsman's attendant.
- Example sentences
- Accept the defeat and give credit to your opponent in a sportsmanlike manner.
- We're all adults here and I think everyone is sportsmanlike and takes it all in stride.
- Afterwards, all the contenders did the sportsmanlike thing and praised each other.
Words that rhyme with sportsmansportsmen
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