See also: Sporting





  1. present participle of sport


sporting (comparative more sporting, superlative most sporting)

  1. (not comparable) Pertaining to sports
    He got a job in a sporting goods store.
  2. (comparable) Exhibiting sportsmanship.
    Quite sporting of you to call that foul on yourself.
  3. (comparable) Fair, generous; ‘game’.
    It was very sporting of her to let us off like that.
  4. (not comparable, obsolete) Of or relating to unseemly male excesses, especially gambling, prostitution, or similar recreational activities.
    • 2015, Michael Pierson, “Stephen Spaulding's Fourth of July in New Orleans”, in Slap, Andrew L.; Towers, Frank, editors, Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era[1], University of Chicago Press, page 137:
      New Yorkers coined the term “sporting culture” to identify the boisterous male culture then on display on the city's streets.

Derived termsEdit



sporting (plural sportings)

  1. The act of taking part in a sport.
    • c. 1675, Robert Barclay, An Apology for the True Christian Divinity:
      [] the unprofitable plays, frivolous recreations, sportings, and gamings which are invented to pass away the precious time, and divert the mind from the witness of God []