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1 – An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment: team sports such as soccer and rugby [mass noun]: I used to play a lot of sport (as modifier sports) a sports centre

1.1 – (sports) British An occasion on which people compete in various athletic activities: I won the 200 metres in the school sports

1.2 – [mass noun, usually with adjective] Success or pleasure derived from an activity such as hunting or fishing: I have heard there is good sport to be had in Buttermere

1.3 – [mass noun] dated Entertainment; fun: it was considered great sport to catch him out

1.4 – archaic A source of amusement or entertainment: I do not wish to show myself the sport of a man like Wildeve

2 – informal A person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation: go on, be a sport! Angela’s a bad sport

2.1 – chiefly Australian /NZ Used as a friendly form of address, especially between men who do not know each other: hold on, sport!
3 – Biology An animal or plant showing abnormal or striking variation from the parent type, especially in form or colour, as a result of spontaneous mutation.
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1 – [with object] Wear or display (a distinctive item): he was sporting a huge handlebar moustache

2 – [no object] Play in a lively, energetic way: the children sported in the water


in sport

1 – For fun: I have assumed the name was given more or less in sport

make sport of

2 – dated Make fun of: the owls made sport of us—they called from all directions

the sport of kings

3 – Horse racing.



1 – noun


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘pastime, entertainment’): shortening of disport.

Words that rhyme with sport

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