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  1. present participle of sport


sporting (comparative more sporting, superlative most sporting)

  1. (not comparable) Pertaining to sports
    He got a job in a sporting goods store.
  2. (comparable) Exhibiting sportsmanship.
    Quite sporting of you to call that foul on yourself.
  3. (comparable) Having a reasonable chance of success.
    You think he has a sporting chance? I wouldn't call even him a long shot!
  4. (comparable) Fair, generous; ‘game’.
    It was very sporting of her to let us off like that.
  5. (not comparable) (obsolete) Of or relating to unseemly male excesses, especially gambling, prostitution, or similar recreational activities.
    • 2015, Michael Pierson, “Stephen Spaulding's Fourth of July in New Orleans”, in Slap, Andrew L.; Towers, Frank, editors, Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era[1], University of Chicago Press, page 137:
      New Yorkers coined the term “sporting culture” to identify the boisterous male culture then on display on the city's streets.

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sporting (plural sportings)

  1. The act of taking part in a sport.
    • c. 1675, Robert Barclay, An Apology for the True Christian Divinity:
      [] the unprofitable plays, frivolous recreations, sportings, and gamings which are invented to pass away the precious time, and divert the mind from the witness of God []