Definition of sport in English:

sport

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Pronunciation: /spɔːt
 
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noun

  • 1An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment: team sports such as soccer and rugby [mass noun]: I used to play a lot of sport (as modifier sports) a sports centre
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    • It is a sport that combines the best aspects of one-on-one competition but is also very much a team sport.
    • To use a sports metaphor for a moment, the history of sports is littered with teams that had lots of individual stars on them, but never made it to the championship game.
    • It's always great to watch your favourite team play their sport, it's even better when they win.
    Synonyms
    (competitive) game(s), physical recreation, physical activity, physical exercise; pastime
  • 1.1 (sports) British An occasion on which people compete in various athletic activities: I won the 200 metres in the school sports
  • 1.2 [mass noun, usually with adjective] Success or pleasure derived from an activity such as hunting or fishing: I have heard there is good sport to be had in Buttermere
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    • Hunting with hounds demands great skill and the key to keeping your clientele as a hunt is to provide good sport.
  • 1.3 [mass noun] dated Entertainment; fun: it was considered great sport to catch him out
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    • The physical challenges reminded me too much of gym class, but the mind games were great sport.
    • Hunting in Shakespeare is normally for exercise or sport.
    • Over centuries of practice a whole elaborate system of rules and customs evolved to ensure this, not primarily for the sake of the quarry itself but with the aim of providing a good day's sport.
  • 1.4 archaic A source of amusement or entertainment: I do not wish to show myself the sport of a man like Wildeve
  • 2 informal A person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation: go on, be a sport! Angela’s a bad sport
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    • She was a pretty good sport especially considering some of the scenes and lines she had to deliver.
    • Just seeing that clip go through, I was cracking up and I think Cate's such a good sport to send herself up in that way.
  • 2.1chiefly Australian /NZ Used as a friendly form of address, especially between men who do not know each other: hold on, sport!
  • 3 Biology An animal or plant showing abnormal or striking variation from the parent type, especially in form or colour, as a result of spontaneous mutation.

verb

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  • 1 [with object] Wear or display (a distinctive item): he was sporting a huge handlebar moustache
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    • Here, the initial H is formed by two performers sporting long tunics and distinctive pointed shoes.
    • The identically shaped sculptures each sport distinctive coloration, as well as striped or polka-dotted underpants.
    • The smiling father sports a rifle nestled at his hip and wears a hat emblazoned with a coat of arms.
    Synonyms
    wear, display, exhibit, have on show, show off, flourish, parade, flaunt

Phrases

in sport

For fun: I have assumed the name was given more or less in sport

make sport of

dated Make fun of: the owls made sport of us—they called from all directions
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  • You're, you know, you're taking the national sport and making sport of it.
  • And I realize that I have been made sport of by an awful lot of folks, particularly the late-night comedians.
  • Of course, they were wonderful objects to make sport of and play with.

the sport of kings

Horse racing.
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  • Horseracing is known as the sport of kings for good reason.
  • Perhaps this type of punching was once the sport of kings, just as horse racing is said to be the sport of kings today.
  • This competition, combining music and the sport of kings with reading Waterford's finest newspaper, kicks off in this week's issue of the Waterford News & Star and continues for the next five weeks.

Derivatives

sporter

noun
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  • Grandaddy are a band of hard-core beard sporters.
  • Here winter sporters and walkers come close to heaven, as generations of weekending Romans have discovered.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'pastime, entertainment'): shortening of disport.

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