from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
- n. A particular form of this activity.
- n. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
- n. An active pastime; recreation.
- n. Mockery; jest: He made sport of his own looks.
- n. An object of mockery, jest, or play: treated our interests as sport.
- n. A joking mood or attitude: She made the remark in sport.
- n. One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation: a poor sport.
- n. Informal One who accepts rules or difficult situations well.
- n. Informal A pleasant companion: was a real sport during the trip.
- n. Informal A person who lives a jolly, extravagant life.
- n. Informal A gambler at sporting events.
- n. Biology An organism that shows a marked change from the normal type or parent stock, typically as a result of mutation.
- n. Maine See summercater. See Regional Note at summercater.
- n. Obsolete Amorous dalliance; lovemaking.
- intransitive v. To play or frolic.
- intransitive v. To joke or trifle.
- intransitive v. Biology To mutate.
- transitive v. To display or show off: "His shoes sported elevated heels” ( Truman Capote).
- adj. Of, relating to, or appropriate for sports: sport fishing; sports equipment.
- adj. Designed or appropriate for outdoor or informal wear: a sport shirt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Suitable for use in athletic activities or for casual or informal wear.
- n. Any athletic activity that uses physical skills, often competitive.
- n. A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
- n. Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirable manner, a good sport.
- n. A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
- n. Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
- n. A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. The term encompasses both mutants and organisms with non-genetic developmental abnormalities such as birth defects.
- n. A sportsman; a gambler, one who consorts with less than reputable people, including prostitutes.
- n. An amorous dalliance.
- n. A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
- v. to amuse oneself, to play
- v. to mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with
- v. to display (something) with pride, to have (something) as an often unique feature
- v. to bear a mark or wound with embarrassment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
- n. Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision.
- n. That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
- n. Play; idle jingle.
- n. Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
- n. A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. See Sporting plant, under Sporting.
- n. A sportsman; a gambler.
- intransitive v. To play; to frolic; to wanton.
- intransitive v. To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
- intransitive v. To trifle.
- intransitive v. To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; -- said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal. See Sport, n., 6.
- transitive v. To divert; to amuse; to make merry; -- used with the reciprocal pronoun.
- transitive v. To represent by any kind of play.
- transitive v. To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear.
- transitive v. To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; -- with off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To amuse; divert; entertain; make merry: commonly with a reflexive object.
- To represent by any kind of play.
- To display sportively or with ostentation; show-off; show; exhibit.
- To spend in display.
- To cause to sport, or vary from the normal type.
- To divert one's self; play; frolic; take part in games or other pastimes; specifically, to practise field-sports.
- To jest; speak or act jestingly; trifle.
- In zoöl, and botany, to become a sport; produce a sport; vary from normal structure in a singular spontaneous manner, as an animal or a plant. See sport. n., 8.
- n. Amusement; enjoyment; entertainment; diversion; fun.
- n. A mode of amusement; a playful act or proceeding; apastime; amerrymaking; aplay, game, or other form of diversion.
- n. Specifically— A dramatic or spectacular performance.
- n. Any out-of-door pastime, such as hunting, fishing, racing, or the various forms of athletic contests.
- n. Jest, as opposed to earnest; mere pleasantry.
- n. Amorous dallying; wantonness.
- n. A plaything; a toy.
- n. A subjeet of amusement, mirth, or derision; especially, a mock; a laughing-stock.
- n. Play; idle jingle.
- n. In zoology and botany, an animal or a plant, or any part of one, that varies suddenly or singularly from the normal type of structure, and is usually of transient character, or not perpetuated.
- n. A sporting man; one who is interested in open-air sports; hence, in a bad sense, a betting man; a gambler; a blackleg.
- n. Synonyms Recreation, hilarity, merriment, mirth, jollity, gamboling.
- n. Frolic, prank.
- n. A man; a fellow; especially a man who has a fad: as, a fresh-air sport.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
- n. an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
- n. someone who engages in sports
- n. verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
- n. the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
- n. (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
- n. (Maine colloquial) a temporary summer resident of Maine
- n. a person known for the way she (or he) behaves when teased or defeated or subjected to trying circumstances
- v. play boisterously
Middle English sporte, short for disporte, from Old French desport, pleasure, from desporter, to divert; see disport.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French desport, variant of deport ("fun, amusement"), from Latin deportāre, present active infinitive of deportō. (Wiktionary)