Sport Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

Hello, Username Log In Sign Up Username My Words Recents Settings Log Out Games & Quizzes Thesaurus Features Word of the Day Shop Join MWU More Shop M-W Books Join MWU Log In Username My Words Recents Account Log Out Settings My Words Recents Account Log Out Est. 1828 Dictionary Definition verb noun adjective verb 3 verb noun adjective Synonyms Synonym Chooser Example Sentences Word History Phrases Containing Related Articles Entries Near Cite this Entry Citation Share Kids Definition Kids Medical Definition Medical More from M-W Show more Show more Citation Share Kids Medical More from M-W Save Word To save this word, you'll need to log in. Log In

sport

1 of 3

verb

ˈspȯrt sported ; sporting ; sports

intransitive verb

1 a : to amuse oneself : frolic lambs sporting in the meadow b : to engage in a sport 2 a : to mock or ridicule something b : to speak or act in jest : trifle 3 [ sport entry 2 ] : to deviate or vary abruptly from type (as by bud variation) : mutate

transitive verb

1 : to display or wear usually ostentatiously : boast sporting expensive new shoes 2 [ sport entry 2 ] : to put forth as a sport or bud variation

sport

2 of 3

noun

1 a : a source of diversion : recreation b : sexual play c (1) : physical activity engaged in for pleasure (2) : a particular activity (such as an athletic game) so engaged in 2 a : pleasantry , jest b : often mean-spirited jesting : mockery , derision 3 a : something tossed or driven about in or as if in play b : laughingstock 4 a : sportsman b : a person considered with respect to living up to the ideals of sportsmanship a good sport a poor sport c : a companionable person 5 : an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

sport

3 of 3

adjective

variants or sports : of, relating to, or suitable for sports especially : styled in a manner suitable for casual or informal wear sport coats

Synonyms

Verb

dally disport frolic play recreate rollick skylark toy

Noun

dalliance frolic frolicking fun fun and games play recreation relaxation rollicking See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus Choose the Right Synonym for sport

fun , jest , sport , game , play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter.

fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose.

played cards just for fun

jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing.

hurt by remarks said only in jest

sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone.

teasing begun in sport led to anger

game is close to sport , and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun.

made game of their poor relations

play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief.

pretended to strangle his brother in play

Example Sentences

Verb She showed up at the party sporting a bright red hat. from sailing to snorkeling, each day we sported at a different activity offered by the beach resort Noun She likes to play sport . Ice-skating with friends is my favorite sport . Recent Examples on the Web Verb Grifol's counterpart in the other dugout will sport a bit longer resume. Michael Shapiro, Chron , 9 Nov. 2022 The new iPad Pro will likely sport the latest Apple silicon released in June for the MacBook Air, that is, the M2 processor. David Phelan, Forbes , 3 Oct. 2022 Forest paths will sport plaques explaining the local ecology and referencing the films via QR barcodes that have supported the forest. John Hopewell, Variety , 12 Sep. 2022 Like in the original series, all the Targaryens will sport signature platinum blonde hair, but what do the actors who portray the dragon-riding family look like in real life? Emily Burack, Town & Country , 29 Aug. 2022 And for those wondering, the Irish will sport white jerseys with gold numbers and golden accents. Mark Heim | [email protected], al , 15 Aug. 2022 Josh Bilicki, driver of the No. 77 Chevrolet, will sport an MSU paint scheme as Tucker and Izzo are official guests of the Zeigler Auto Group. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press , 8 Aug. 2022 Each Infynito fleet member will sport eco paints, sustainable teak and recyclable fabrics and leathers. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report , 5 Aug. 2022 The sweet spot between the two acidity levels can result in purple flowers, and occasionally plants will sport all three colors at once. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun , 29 June 2022 Noun Olympic gold came Canada’s way not because of all that is right with her sport , but in spite of what Sinclair believes is wrong. oregonlive , 1 Nov. 2022 Few teams rule their sport the way ASU does in women's triathlon. Ryan Finley, The Arizona Republic , 29 Oct. 2022 Darya often doesn’t feel well enough to see her friends or play her favorite sport , water polo. Jamie Ducharme, Time , 24 Oct. 2022 Cordero tried basketball, soccer, handball and track before realizing volleyball was going to be her sport . Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune , 24 Oct. 2022 However, a select few will place a life-changing wager on their favorite sport . cleveland , 21 Oct. 2022 Schools can tell prospective recruits the median income (from name, image and likeness) earned in their sport by the student-athletes already on campus. Adam Baum, The Enquirer , 20 Oct. 2022 Brady and Durant shared their thoughts on how to balance work and life outside of their sport . Analis Bailey, USA TODAY , 18 Oct. 2022 Reaves recently spoke to the Carroll County Times about her season, playing a key role on a team with high expectations and how her success in her spring sport translates to the volleyball court. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun , 13 Oct. 2022 Adjective BetMGM has a great way for bettors to get in on all the action with their cross- sport parlay boost. Doug Ziefel, Chicago Tribune , 31 Oct. 2022 Bottom Line: Multi- sport protection against the elements without a weight penalty. Phillip Dwight Morgan, Outside Online , 18 Oct. 2022 But while football remains king in the Lone Star State, the Texans don’t seem to have the same cultural impact as their cross- sport counterparts. Michael Shapiro, Chron , 4 Oct. 2022 All of these opportunities add up and speak very positively for us as a nationally recognized and sought-after multi- sport , professional, college, and amateur destination. Roy S. Johnson | [email protected], al , 16 Sep. 2022 Tennis is played increasingly in public parks and schools and has become part of a multi- sport experience for kids, Blackman says. Emily Burack, Town & Country , 9 Sep. 2022 The Invictus Games, which Harry started in 2014, are an international multi- sport tournament for wounded servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR , 6 Sep. 2022 The first step in an initiative to build a multi- sport adaptive athletics program at JSerra, the Orahoods have been running this wheelchair tennis clinic since April 13. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times , 13 June 2022 This year, 4,500 athletes from 72 and territories are expected to participate in the multi- sport event. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com , 31 July 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sport.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback .

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, to divert, disport, short for disporten

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler The first known use of sport was in the 15th century See more words from the same century

Phrases Containing sport

good sport for sport sport coat spectator sport poor / bad sport make sport of team sport sport utility vehicle sport utility sport shirt sport fish the sport of kings in sport winter sport sport ute blood sport sport jacket See More good sport for sport sport coat spectator sport poor / bad sport make sport of team sport sport utility vehicle sport utility sport shirt sport fish the sport of kings in sport winter sport sport ute blood sport sport jacket See More

Articles Related to sport

Fun With Sports-Team Names

Or How a Maple Leaf Survives an Avalanche

Dictionary Entries Near sport

sporran

sport

sportability

See More Nearby Entries

Cite this Entry

Style MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

“Sport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sport. Accessed 15 Nov. 2022.

Copy Citation

Share

Post the Definition of sport to Facebook Facebook Share the Definition of sport on Twitter Twitter

Kids Definition

sport 1 of 3

verb

ˈspō(ə)rt ˈspȯ(ə)rt 1 : to amuse oneself : frolic 2 : to speak or act in fun 3 : show off sense 1

sport

2 of 3

noun

1 a : pastime , recreation b : physical activity (as hunting, running, or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure 2 a : jest sense 2 b : fun entry 1 sense 3 make sport of someone 3 : a person who shows good sportsmanship 4 : an individual that shows a sudden major change from the normal type usually as a result of a mutation a yellow sport among the red apples

sport

3 of 3

adjective

variants or sports : of, relating to, or suitable for sports sports equipment also : made in a style suitable for casual or informal wear a sport coat

Medical Definition

sport

noun

ˈspō(ə)rt, ˈspȯ(ə)rt : an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue

More from Merriam-Webster on sport

Nglish: Translation of sport for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sport for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sport

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2022 - Updated example sentences Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search ad free!

Merriam-Webster unabridged

Word of the Day

augur

See Definitions and Examples

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called? Peelheads Berties Bobbies Robbies

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

TAKE THE QUIZ

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ Words at Play Every Letter Is Silent, Sometimes

When each letter can be seen but not heard

Great Big List of Beautiful and Useless Words, Vol. 1

Some may be more useful than others.

'Canceled' or 'Cancelled'?

One L or two?

When Were Words First Used?

Look up any year to find out

Ask the Editors Literally

How to use a word that (literally) drives some pe

Is 'None' Singular or Plural?

Or both? Or neither?

Lay vs. Lie

Editor Emily Brewster clarifies the difference.

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

An old-fashioned rule we can no longer put up with.

Word Games What Did You Just Call Me?

See if you can tell the insults from the complime

Take the quiz

Challenging SAT Words

20 questions to help you score 1600

Take the quiz

Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get

Take the quiz

Spelling Bee Quiz

Can you outdo past winners of the National Spelli

Take the quiz

Merriam Webster

Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!

OTHER MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARIES

MERRIAM-WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY SCRABBLE ® WORD FINDER MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY API NGLISH - SPANISH-ENGLISH TRANSLATION BRITANNICA ENGLISH - ARABIC TRANSLATION

FOLLOW US

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Browse the Dictionary: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 0-9 BIO GEO Home Help About Us Shop Advertising Info Dictionary API Contact Us Join MWU Videos Word of the Year Vocabulary Resources Law Dictionary Medical Dictionary Privacy Policy Terms of Use
Browse the Thesaurus Browse the Medical Dictionary Browse the Legal Dictionary

© 2022 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated


Posted 28 Comments