Definition of sportive in English:


Line breaks: sport|ive
Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪv


  • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


late 16th century: from sport + -ive.

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