- That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement."It is as sport to a fool to do mischief." [Prov. x. 23.]"Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight." [Sir P. Sidney.]"Think it but a minute spent in sport." [Shak.]
- Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision."Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest." [Shak.]
- That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery."Flitting leaves, the sport of every wind." [Dryden.]"Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions." [John Clarke.]
- Play; idle jingle."An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause." [Broome.]
- Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
- [Bot. & Zoöl] 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. See Sporting plant, under Sporting.
- A sportsman; a gambler.(Slang)synonyms: Play; game; diversion; frolic; mirth; mock; mockery; jeer.
Etymology: Abbreviated from disport