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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.
    "New Yorkers coined the term 'sporting culture' to identify the boisterous male culture then on display on the city's streets."[1]

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sporting (plural sportings)

  1. The act of taking part in a sport.
    • Philip Schaff
      [] 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 []


  • ^ Slap, Andrew L.; Towers, Frank, editor ((Can we date this quote?)) Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era[1], University of Chicago Press, page 137