- 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 centreMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 ButtermereMore example sentences
- 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 outMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 sportMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1 [with object] Wear or display (a distinctive item): he was sporting a huge handlebar moustacheMore example sentences
- 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.
make sport of
- • dated Make fun of: the owls made sport of us—they called from all directionsMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'pastime, entertainment'): shortening of disport.