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sportive 1

Line breaks: sport|ive
Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪv/

adjective

1Playful; light-hearted: Sir John was in sportive mood
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  • The dog, in a sportive mood, careered madly through the field.
  • The jack-o'-lantern is a sportive creature whose innate love of mischief causes him to lead travelers astray.
  • Brown has long had about him a sportive, Cyrano-esque panache.
1.1 archaic Amorous; lustful: a sportive man who drank and loved too much
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  • Various sportive young matrons of his acquaintance‥certainly felt no overmastering desire to keep their husbands at their sides.
2Relating to, interested in, or good at sport: Britain’s architectural and sportive heritage I was always a very sportive person—I played almost every sport
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  • My parents are very sportive.
  • His natural athletic ability was inherited from a gifted family with a string of sportive genes.
  • For example in Russian the name roughly translates to sportive gymnastics, while the term 'artistic gymnastics' refers to what we call rhythmic gymnastics.

Derivatives

sportively

1
Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪvli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • As a blogger you should take every criticism sportively.
  • It looks like the supercar is being driven sportively on some California back roads during Monterey Speed Week.
  • It is exactly in such a situation that any suggestion to consider the game sportively rather than sentimentally becomes a heresy.

sportiveness

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪvnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Certainly the enjoyment in the fifty-eight poems lies, I think, in their sportiveness.
  • As holidays go, this celebration of sport and sportiveness is as good as it gets.
  • The car's excellent handling and sportiveness make it a point of reference in its category.

Origin

Late 16th century: from sport + -ive.

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There are 2 main definitions of sportive in English:

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sportive 2 Line breaks: sport|ive
Pronunciation: /spɔːˈtiːv/

noun

A long-distance road cycling event in which a large number of cyclists ride a marked route: you may have put in hours of training before your first sportive, but all your good work can be undone if you neglect to prepare your bike
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  • I'm not sure the organisers—and riders for that matter—can decide whether this event is a race or a sportive.
  • Whether it's getting to a sportive with your mates or taking the family on holiday, at times we all need to carry our bikes by car.
  • For the past decade, Koolstof Coaching have been helping cyclists of all abilities reach their goals, from novice sportive riders to professionals.

Origin

Early 21st century: shortened from cyclosportive.

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