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sport

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This page has 43 definitions of sport with English translations in 15 languages. Sport is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use sport in a sentence are shown. Also define these 38 related words and terms: competitively, sportsmanship, good sport, biology, botany, zoology, mutant, birth defect, sportsman, dalliance, friend, acquaintance, play, display, feature, divert, amuse, make merry, plant, species, sports, rung, step, ladder, first person, second person, third person, singular, present tense, indicative mood, sporten, imperative mood, hobby, pastime, idrett, spore, sport, and spörja.

See also: Sport, SPORT, spórt, šport, and sport.

English

Etymology

From Middle English sporten (verb) and sport, spoort, sporte (noun), apheretic shortenings of disporten (verb) and disport, disporte (noun). More at disport.

Pronunciation

Noun

sport (countable and uncountable, plural sports)

  1. (countable) Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics.
  2. (countable) Something done for fun, regardless of its design or intended purpose.
    Joe was banned from getting legal help. He seemed to view lawsuits as a sport.
  3. (countable) A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
    Jen may have won, but she was sure a poor sport; she laughed at the loser.
    The loser was a good sport, and congratulated Jen on her performance.
  4. (countable) Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirably good-natured manner, e.g. to being teased or to losing a game; a good sport.
    You're such a sport! You never get upset when we tease you.
  5. (obsolete) That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hobby
  6. (obsolete) Mockery, making fun; derision.
  7. (countable) A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
    • 1697, “The Sixth Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      flitting leaves, the sport of every wind
    • a. 1676, John Clarke, On Governing the Temper
      Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions.
  8. (uncountable) Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
  9. (biology, botany, zoology, countable) 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.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      We never shot another like it, so I do not know if it was a `sport' or a distinct species.
    • 2014 September 26, Charles Quest-Ritson, “The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever: Hortus Bulborum, a volunteer-run Dutch garden, is dedicated to conserving historic varieties before they vanish for good [print version: Inspired by a living bulb archive, 27 September 2014, p. G5]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening)[2]:
      At Hortus Bulborum you will find heirloom narcissi that date back at least to the 15th century and famous old tulips like 'Duc van Tol' (1595) and its sports.
    • Botany definition
      The scientific study of plants, a branch of biology. Typically those disciplines that involve the whole plant. (1 of 4 botany definitions)
    • Birth Defect definition
      Any of several medical disorders that are present at birth.
  10. (slang, countable) A sportsman; a gambler.
  11. (slang, countable) One who consorts with disreputable people, including prostitutes.
  12. (obsolete, uncountable) An amorous dalliance.
    Charlie and Lisa enjoyed a bit of sport after their hike.
  13. (informal, usually singular) A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
    • 1924 July, Ellis Butler, “The Little Tin Godlets”, in The Rotarian[3], volume 25, number 1, Rotary International, page 14:
      "Say, sport!" he would say briskly.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:friend
  14. (obsolete) Play; idle jingle.
    • 1725-1726, William Broome, The Odyssey
      An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage [] would meet with small applause.

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Translations

Verb

sport (third-person singular simple present sports, present participle sporting, simple past and past participle sported)

  1. (intransitive) To amuse oneself, to play.
    children sporting on the green
  2. (intransitive) To mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with.
    Jen sports with Bill's emotions.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of being Religious
      He sports with his own life.
  3. (transitive) To display; to have as a notable feature.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].
    Jen's sporting a new pair of shoes;  he was sporting a new wound from the combat
  4. (reflexive) To divert; to amuse; to make merry.
    • Amuse definition
      To entertain or occupy (someone or something) in a pleasant manner; to stir (an individual) with pleasing emotions. (1 of 4 amuse definitions)
  5. (transitive) To represent by any kind of play.
  6. To practise the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
  7. 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.
    • 1860, Charles Darwin, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication
      more than one kind of rose has sported into a moss
    • Plant definition
      An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree. (1 of 16 plant definitions)
  8. (transitive) To close (a door).
    • 1904, M. R. James, The Mezzotint
      There he locked it up in a drawer, sported the doors of both sets of rooms, and retired to bed.

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Czech

Pronunciation

Noun

sport m inan

  1. sport

Declension

Derived terms

  • profesionální sport m
  • rekreační sport m
  • vrcholový sport m
 

Related terms

Further reading

  • sport in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • sport in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English sport, from Middle English sport, from Middle English sport, from older disport, from Old French desport. First attested in the 19th century. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Noun

sport f (plural sporten, diminutive sportje n)

  1. (countable) A sport; (uncountable) sports.
    Mijn buurman is dol op sport.My neighbour is keen on sports.
    Darts is de gezondste sport op aarde.Darts is the most healthy sport on Earth.
Derived terms
 
Descendants
  • Papiamentu: spòrt

Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch sporte, metathesised form of sprote. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Noun

sport f (plural sporten, diminutive sportje n)

  1. rung, step on a ladder
    • Step definition
      An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace. (1 of 18 step definitions)
    • Ladder definition
      A frame, usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, used for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened rungs (cross strips or rounds acting as steps). (1 of 6 ladder definitions)
Descendants

Etymology 3

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

sport

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of sporten
    • Second Person definition
      In grammar, the form of a verb used when the subject of a sentence is the audience. In English, the second person is used with the pronouns thou and you. In many languages the singular, applying to one person, and plural, applying to several people, are distinct. (1 of 2 second person definitions)
    • Third Person definition
      The words, word-forms, and grammatical structures, taken collectively, that are normally used of people or things other than the speaker or the audience. (1 of 5 third person definitions)
    • Present Tense definition
      A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
    • Sporten definition
      to practice sports in general, to play a sport, to exercise.
  2. imperative of sporten
    • Imperative Mood definition
      The grammatical mood generally expressing a command, though also used to express a request or permission.

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Estonian

Noun

sport (genitive spordi, partitive sporti)

  1. sport, sports

Declension


French

Etymology

Borrowed from English sport.

Pronunciation

Noun

sport m (plural sports)

  1. sport

Derived terms

Further reading


Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈʃport]
  • Hyphenation: sport
  • Rhymes: -ort

Noun

sport (plural sportok)

  1. sport

Declension

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative sport sportok
accusative sportot sportokat
dative sportnak sportoknak
instrumental sporttal sportokkal
causal-final sportért sportokért
translative sporttá sportokká
terminative sportig sportokig
essive-formal sportként sportokként
essive-modal
inessive sportban sportokban
superessive sporton sportokon
adessive sportnál sportoknál
illative sportba sportokba
sublative sportra sportokra
allative sporthoz sportokhoz
elative sportból sportokból
delative sportról sportokról
ablative sporttól sportoktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
sporté sportoké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
sportéi sportokéi
Possessive forms of sport
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. sportom sportjaim
2nd person sing. sportod sportjaid
3rd person sing. sportja sportjai
1st person plural sportunk sportjaink
2nd person plural sportotok sportjaitok
3rd person plural sportjuk sportjaik

Derived terms

Compound words
  • autósport
  • csapatsport
  • jégsport
  • kajaksport
  • kézilabdasport
  • labdarúgósport
  • lovassport
  • motorsport
  • repülősport
  • sportadó
  • sportág
  • sportakrobatika
  • sportautó
  • sportbemutató
  • sportcipő
  • sportcsapat
  • sportcsarnok
  • sportcsatorna
  • sportdíj
  • sportdiplomácia
  • sportegyesület
  • sportejtőernyő
  • sportélet
  • sportember
  • sportesemény
  • sporteszköz
  • sportfelszerelés
  • sportfogadás
  • sportgimnasztika
  • sporthír
  • sporthorgászat
  • sportigazgató
  • sportíró
  • sportkedvelő
  • sportklub
  • sportkocsi
  • sportkommentátor
  • sportkormány
  • sportlap
  • sportlétesítmény
  • sportlövészet
  • sportlövő
  • sportmedicina
  • sportmenedzser
  • sportminisztérium
  • sportmúzeum
  • sportműsor
  • sportoktató
  • sportorvos
  • sportorvoslás
  • sportpálya
  • sportpolitika
  • sportpszichológia
  • sportpuska
  • sportrendezvény
  • sportrepülő
  • sportriporter
  • sportruha
  • sportruházat
  • sportszakosztály
  • sportszatyor
  • sportszellem
  • sportszer
  • sportszervezet
  • sportszervező
  • sportszövetség
  • sportszponzorálás
  • sporttábor
  • sporttársadalom
  • sporttáska
  • sportterápia
  • sporttörténész
  • sporttörténet
  • sporttörvény
  • sporttudomány
  • sporttüdő
  • sportújság
  • sportújságírás
  • sportújságíró
  • sportuszoda
  • sportünnep
  • sportünnepély
  • sportverseny
  • sportvezető
  • sportviadal
  • sportvitorlás
  • sportvitorlázás
  • tömegsport
  • úszósport
  • versenysport
  • vívósport
  • vízilabdasport
 

Further reading


Italian

Pronunciation

Noun

sport m (invariable)

  1. sport (activity that uses physical skills, often competitive)
  2. hobby, pastime
    fare qualcosa per sportto do something for fun
    • Pastime definition
      Something which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably.

Derived terms


Lower Sorbian

Etymology

Borrowed from English sport.

Pronunciation

Noun

sport m

  1. sport (athletic activity that uses physical skills)

Declension

References

  • sport in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.

Norman

Noun

sport m (plural sports)

  1. (Jersey) sport (physical activity pitting two or more opponents against each other)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From English sport

Noun

sport m (definite singular sporten, uncountable)

  1. sport
    Synonym: idrett
    • Idrett definition
      sport
Derived terms

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Alternative forms

Verb

sport

  1. past participle of spore

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From English sport

Noun

sport m (definite singular sporten, uncountable)

  1. sport
    Synonym: idrett

Derived terms

References


Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from English sport.

Pronunciation

Noun

sport m inan

  1. sport

Declension

Derived terms

 

Further reading

  • sport in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

Etymology

From French sport.

Noun

sport n (plural sporturi)

  1. sport
    • Sport definition
      Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics. (1 of 14 sport definitions)

Declension


Serbo-Croatian

Alternative forms

Etymology

Borrowed from English sport.

Pronunciation

Noun

spȍrt m (Cyrillic spelling спо̏рт)

  1. sport

Declension

Derived terms

 

Swedish

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English sport, first used in 1857.

Pronunciation 1

Noun

sport c

  1. sport

Declension

Declension of sport 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative sport sporten sporter sporterna
Genitive sports sportens sporters sporternas

Derived terms

 

See also

References

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Pronunciation 2

Verb

sport

  1. supine of spörja.
    • Spörja definition
      to ask, to learn, to get news (after having asked around)

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West Frisian

Etymology

Borrowed from Dutch sport, from English sport.

Pronunciation

Noun

sport c (plural sporten)

  1. sport (physical activity)

Further reading

  • sport”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011