sportive 1580s, from SPORT (Cf. sport) + -IVE (Cf. -ive). Related: Sportively; sportiveness.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sportive — Sport ive ( [i^]v), a. Tending to, engaged in, or provocative of, sport; gay; frolicsome; playful; merry. [1913 Webster] Is it I That drive thee from the sportive court? Shak. [1913 Webster] {Sport ive*ly}, adv. {Sport ive*ness}, n. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sportive — index jocular Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sportive — *playful, frolicsome, roguish, waggish, impish, mischievous Analogous words: blithe, *merry, jocund, jovial, jolly: mirthful, gleeful, hilarious (see corresponding nouns at MIRTH) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sportive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ playful; light hearted …   English terms dictionary

  • sportive — [spôrt′iv] adj. 1. a) fond of or full of sport or merriment; playful b) done in fun or play, not in earnest 2. of, or having the nature of, sport, esp. outdoor sport 3. Obs. amorous or erotic sportively adv. sportiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • sportive — ● sportif, sportive adjectif Qui est propre à un sport, aux sports ou qui s y rapporte : Les résultats sportifs. Qui a le caractère d un sport, de la compétition : Conduite sportive d une automobile. Qui évoque la pratique d un sport : Une allure …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sportive — sportively, adv. sportiveness; Archaic. sportability, n. /spawr tiv, spohr /, adj. 1. playful or frolicsome; jesting, jocose, or merry: a sportive puppy. 2. done in sport, rather than in earnest: a sportive show of affection. 3. pertaining to or… …   Universalium

  • Sportive — Sportif Un sportif est une personne qui pratique régulièrement une activité physique. On distingue les sportifs amateurs et les sportifs de haut niveau. Les premiers pratiquent en général le sport pour se divertir et conserver une bonne condition …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sportive — sporting / sportive [adj] playful and fair antic, coltish, considerate, devil may care*, frisky, frolicsome, full of fun*, game, gamesome, gay, generous, impish, jaunty, joyous, larkish, lively, merry, mischievous, reasonable, roguish, rollicking …   New thesaurus

  • sportive — adjective Date: 1590 1. a. frolicsome, playful b. ardent, wanton 2. of or relating to sports and especially field sports • sportively adverb • sportiveness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.