Definition of sportsman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtsmən/

noun (plural sportsmen)

1A man who takes part in a sport, especially as a professional.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 dated A man who hunts or shoots wild animals as a pastime.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2A person who behaves sportingly.
Example sentences
  • It might have been about having a choice between behaving like a sportsman or behaving like a boor and doing the latter because it suited him at the time.



Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtsmənlʌɪk/
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 sportsman


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