Definition of sportif in English:


Syllabification: spor·tif
Pronunciation: /spôrˈtēf


  • 1(Of a person) active or interested in athletic sports: he was sportif and ready for action
  • 1.1(Of an action or event) intended in fun or as a joke.
  • 1.2(Of a garment or style of dress) suitable for sport or informal wear; casual.
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    • Spa-inspired clothing joins track suits, cross trainers and karate pants in the chic sportif tradition.
    • You'll just have to settle for sportif chic, my dear.


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  • A person who is active or interested in sport.
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    • The hotel has been a favourite amongst winter sportifs ever since the Serane family opened it for business some 35 years ago.
    • Paris will do it with great panache; actually the French aren't all sportifs and sportives but on the whole look indulgently on those who are.
    • He doesn't have the time nowadays to be a sportif - he used to love playing football, rugby, cricket and enjoyed windsurfing.



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