sport - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] an activity in which players or teams compete against each other, usually an activity that involves physical effort

    Bob’s sport is tennis.

    Football is a popular women’s sport in the US.

    team sport:

    My favourite team sport is rugby.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] British sports in general

      The school is keen to involve more young people in sport.

    2. c.


      [plural] British an event held by a school or club at which there are games and competitions in which you run, jump, throw things etc
  2. 2
    [countable] informal someone who always behaves in a reasonable way and is always willing to help

    Andy was a real sport and agreed to play for the other team.

    a good sport:

    Thanks, Shelly – you’re always such a good sport.

  3. 3
    [countable] American and Australian informal used for talking in a friendly way to a boy or man

    Hey sport, how are you?

  4. 4
    [uncountable] old-fashioned jokes, or things that you do for fun
    in sport:

    It was done in sport, but it hurt some feelings nonetheless.

  5. 5
    [countable] science a plant or animal that is different in a noticeable way from other plants or animals of the same type