- In a sportive way
- 1880, Percy Greg, Across the Zodiac:
- 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:
- "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:
- At Zanies last May she sportively bickered with the vocal crowd.