Disport
Disport Dis*port", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Disported}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disporting}.] [OF. se desporter; pref. des- (L. dis-) + F. porter to carry; orig. therefore, to carry one's self away from work, to go to amuse one's self. See {Port} demeanor, and cf. {Sport}.] To play; to wanton; to move in gayety; to move lightly and without restraint; to amuse one's self. [1913 Webster]

Where light disports in ever mingling dyes. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Childe Harold basked him in the noontide sun, Disporting there like any other fly. --Byron. [1913 Webster]


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  • Disport — Dis*port , v. t. [OF. desporter. See {Disport}, v. i.] 1. To divert or amuse; to make merry. [1913 Webster] They could disport themselves. Buckle. [1913 Webster] 2. To remove from a port; to carry away. Prynne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disport — Dis*port , n. [OF. desport, deport. See {Disport}, v. i., and cf. {Sport}.] Play; sport; pastime; diversion; playfulness. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disport — n sport, play, frolic, rollick, romp, gambol (see under PLAY vb) Analogous words: recreation, diversion, amusement, entertainment (see under AMUSE): merriment, jollity (see corresponding adjectives at MERRY) disport vb sport, *play, frolic,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disport — ► VERB (disport oneself) ▪ enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic. ORIGIN Old French desporter carry away …   English terms dictionary

  • disport — (v.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. disporter divert, amuse, from O.Fr. desporter to seek amusement, lit. carry away (the mind from serious matters), from des away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + porter to carry, from L. portare to carry (see PORT ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • disport — [di spôrt′] vi. [ME disporten, to bear, support < OFr desporter < des (see DIS ) + porter < L portare, to carry: see PORT3] to indulge in amusement; play; frolic vt. to amuse or divert (oneself) n. Archaic a disporting; amusement; play …   English World dictionary

  • disport — UK [dɪˈspɔː(r)t] / US [dɪˈspɔrt] verb [transitive] Word forms disport : present tense I/you/we/they disport he/she/it disports present participle disporting past tense disported past participle disported disport yourself …   English dictionary

  • disport — 1. verb a) to amuse oneself divertingly or playfully; to cavort or gambol b) to display ostentatiously 2 …   Wiktionary

  • disport — dis|port [dıˈspo:t US o:rt] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: desporter, from porter to carry ] disport yourself old fashioned to amuse yourself by doing things that are active and enjoyable used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disport — dis|port [ dı spɔrt ] verb transitive disport yourself OLD FASHIONED to enjoy yourself, especially in a way that makes other people notice you …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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