In sport
Sport Sport (sp[=o]rt), n. [Abbreviated from disport.] 1. That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement. [1913 Webster]

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief. --Prov. x. 23. [1913 Webster]

Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Think it but a minute spent in sport. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision. [1913 Webster]

Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery. [1913 Webster]

Flitting leaves, the sport of every wind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions. --John Clarke. [1913 Webster]

4. Play; idle jingle. [1913 Webster]

An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause. --Broome. [1913 Webster]

5. Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked. [1913 Webster]

6. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

7. A sportsman; a gambler. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

{In sport}, in jest; for play or diversion. ``So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?'' --Prov. xxvi. 19. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Play; game; diversion; frolic; mirth; mock; mockery; jeer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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