sportively

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

sportive +‎ -ly

AdverbEdit

sportively (comparative more sportively, superlative most sportively)

  1. In a sportive way
    • 1880, Percy Greg, Across the Zodiac[1]:
      Perhaps to treat the matter lightly and sportively would be the course most likely to encourage her to explain it.
    • 1912, James Brendan Connolly, Wide Courses[2]:
      "Then you got time, ain't you, to buy a girl a glass o'--" She stopped and winked sportively.
    • 2006 October 13, Ryan Hubbard, “Chelsea Handler”, in Chicago Reader[3]:
      At Zanies last May she sportively bickered with the vocal crowd.

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