disport

  • 1Disport — 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

  • 2Disport — 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

  • 3disport — 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

  • 4disport — ► VERB (disport oneself) ▪ enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic. ORIGIN Old French desporter carry away …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5Disport — 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6disport — (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

  • 7disport — [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

  • 8disport — 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

  • 9disport — 1. verb a) to amuse oneself divertingly or playfully; to cavort or gambol b) to display ostentatiously 2 …

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  • 10disport — 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

  • 11disport — 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

  • 12disport — [[t]dɪspɔ͟ː(r)t[/t]] disports, disporting, disported VERB If you disport yourself somewhere, you amuse yourself there in a happy and energetic way. [HUMOROUS or OLD FASHIONED] [V pron refl prep/adv] ...the rich and famous disporting themselves in …

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  • 13disport — verb (disport oneself) archaic or humorous enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic. noun archaic recreation; amusement. ↘a pastime or sport. Origin ME: from OFr. desporter carry away (from L. portare) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14disport — verb (T) disport yourself old fashioned to amuse yourself by doing active enjoyable things: a charming painting of lords and ladies disporting themselves by a lake …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15disport — /dɪsˈpɔt/ (say dis pawt) verb (i) 1. to divert oneself; sport. –noun 2. Archaic diversion; amusement; play; sport. –phrase 3. disport oneself, to divert or amuse oneself; exercise or display oneself in a sportive manner. {Middle English… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 16disport — I. noun Date: 14th century archaic sport, pastime II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French desporter, to carry away, comfort, entertain, from des dis + porter to carry, from Latin portare more at fare Date: 14th century …

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  • 17disport — disportment, n. /di spawrt , spohrt /, v.t. 1. to divert or amuse (oneself). 2. to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach. v.i. 3. to divert oneself; sport. n. 4. diversion; amusement;… …

    Universalium

  • 18disport — Synonyms and related words: acquit, act, antic, bear, brandish, caper, caracole, carry, carry on, cavort, comport, conduct, curvet, cut a dido, cut capers, cut up, dance, demean, deport, display, diversion, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, flounce …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19disport — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To occupy oneself with amusement or diversion: play, recreate, sport. See WORK. 2. To make a public and usually ostentatious show of: brandish, display, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, parade, show (off), sport.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20disport — see SPORT …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins