sportsman

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sports +‎ -man.

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sportsman (plural sportsmen)

  1. (UK) A man who engages in sports. A male athlete.
  2. (dated) A man who engages in country sports, such as hunting or fishing.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 3
      At last extinguishing the fire, he took the idol up very unceremoniously, and bagged it again in his grego pocket as carelessly as if he were a sportsman bagging a dead woodcock.

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