Definition of disport in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɔːt/


[no object]
archaic or humorous Enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic: a painting of ladies disporting themselves by a lake
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  • For self-help they started the Benevolent Association, and for distraction, played cards or disported in the gin mills, clubs, and theaters that then lined Ridge Road.
  • It was Ladies' Hour, and there were well-dressed women around me, some English and some Indian - overseeing their children as they disported in the pool.
  • Mary and her husband Dave first sampled the joys of disporting themselves in the scud on the beaches of Ibiza and decided to attempt to replicate the liberating experience in Scotland.


[mass noun] archaic
1Diversion from work or serious matters; recreation or amusement: the King and all his Court were met for solace and disport
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  • This policeman has an insatiable desire for disport, so he rides this small bike in no time when he sees it.
  • Yet for disport we fawn and flatter both.
1.1 [count noun] archaic A pastime, game, or sport: the display of these pageants and disports which enlivened the repast
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  • Regardless what disports you should be interested in, one might assemble stories re your favorite sport on the online world.
  • The Advent fast ended on Christmas Eve; then there were twelve days of feasting, banqueting, pageantry, disguising, and convivial merrymaking, all presided over by the Lord of Misrule, or Master of Merry Disports.


Late Middle English: from Old French desporter, from des- 'away' + porter 'carry' (from Latin portare).

  • sport from Late Middle English:

    Sport comes from a shortening of disport (Middle English), formed, via French, from Latin dis ‘away’ and portare ‘carry’ used in much the same way as the expression ‘to take someone out of themselves’. Sport meant any kind of entertainment, and only started to be used in the modern sense of physical activities with set rules in the late 18th century. The sport of kings (mid 17th century) once referred to war-making but was later applied to hunting and horse-racing.

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