• Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics.
  • Something done for fun, regardless of its design or intended purpose.
  • A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
  • Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirably good-natured manner, e.g. to being teased or to losing a game; a good sport.
  • That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
  • Mockery, making fun; derision.
  • A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
  • Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
  • 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.
  • A sportsman; a gambler.
  • One who consorts with disreputable people, including prostitutes.
  • An amorous dalliance.
  • A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
  • Play; idle jingle.


  • To amuse oneself, to play.
  • To mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with.
  • To display; to have as a notable feature.
  • To divert; to amuse; to make merry.
  • To represent by any kind of play.
  • To practise the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
  • 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.
  • To close (a door).


  • From Middle English sporten and sport, spoort, sporte, apheretic shortenings of disporten and disport, disporte. More at disport.

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