Topic: SPORT

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ace(n) ace(v) acrobat acrobatic acrobatics action replay aerobic aim(n) aim(v) all-American all-seater arena AstroTurf attack away(a) away(a) back backhand backhanded backhander backspin ball ball game baseline bat bench bleachers block bobble bout bowl(n) bowl(v) bowling alley bowling ball bowling green box(n) box(v) boxer bronze bronze medal bye call(v) call(n) cap captain(n) captain(v) captaincy change changing room cheer cheerleader cheerleading chip(n) chip(v) circuit training close season clubhouse coach conference contender course(n) course(v) court cover cross(v) cross(n) cross-country crown cup cup final cup tie curve dead decider defence defend defender defensive derby disallow disqualify division divot down draft draw(v) draw(n) dribble(v) dribble(n) drive drop drop goal dropkick drop shot drubbing dugout eleven equalize equalizer even event face fast favourite feint field fielder fieldsman field sports fight(v) fight(n) fighter finalist first half first-string fixture flat flip follow-through football footwork form foul foul line friendly full-court press full time fumble gala game game point gate goal goalie goalkeeper goalless goal line goalmouth goalpost goaltender gold gold medal grand slam grandstand ground staff gym shoe gymslip half halfback half nelson half-time hammer handball hand-eye co-ordination handicap handspring handstand hat trick head start heat heavy hiding home in infield injury time interference international jersey jock jockstrap jogging suit jump jump ball jumper jumping jack jump shot junior varsity lane league table letter(n) letter(v) level lineman linesman line-up locker locker room luge mallet manager mark massacre(n) massacre(v) match medal medallist meeting Mexican wave midfield misfield mixed doubles motocross motor racing muff musclebound muscleman net(n) net(v) netball nil no ball oarsman oarswoman obstruction offense offensive offside Olympiad Olympic onside opener opponent out(a) out(n) outdistance outsider overarm overhand own goal pacesetter pass(v) pass(n) PE penalty pep rally period photo finish physical education pitch place kick playable play-by-play player playing field play-off point pole position possession post preliminary pro-am professionalism promote promotion PT pull pull-up pummel punchbag qualifier qualify quarter-final race racetrack racing racket rain check rally record record-holder recreation ground ref referee(n) referee(v) regatta relay relay race relegate replay(v) replay(n) rerun reserve retire return revenge ringside roll rookie round round robin runner runner-up run-up save(v) save(n) score(n) score(v) scorer scratch(v) scratch(a) screen scrimmage selector semi semi-final semi-finalist semi-professional serve(v) serve(n) server service set shoot(v) shoot(n) shot sideline silver silver medal skate skipper slaughter slice slick slump snowmobile snowshoe somersault southpaw spar sparring partner spectate spectator spectator sport spin sport sports centre sports day sportsmanship sporty spot sprint squad stadium stagger start starter starting blocks stayer stick straight strip stroke stud sub sudden death sweatband sweatpants sweat suit tackle(v) tackle(n) talent scout target team-mate three-legged race throw thrust tie tiebreaker tight time timekeeper time out title title holder topspin toreador tour tournament track train transfer fee trophy tryout umpire(n) umpire(v) unbeatable undecided underarm underhand unplaced uppercut varsity volley(n) volley(v) walking warm-up wet suit whippet whistle(v) whistle(n) win wing winger workout wristband

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: disport


1 noun
sport1 S2 W2


a) [countable] a physical activity in which people compete against each other:
My favourite sports are tennis and swimming.
a sports team
a sports club
I've been playing sports all my life.
All students are encouraged to take part in a sport.
a sports field
He picked up the newspaper and turned to the sports pages.
They have excellent sports facilities.
A lot of schools don't really encourage team sports.
Football is one of the most popular spectator sports (=sports watched by a lot of people).
b) [uncountable] British English sports in general:
Why is there so much sport on TV?
I always hated sport at school.
! The uncountable use of sport is British English only: There's too much sport on TV. In American English, the plural sports is used: He likes watching sports on TV.


[countable]DLO an activity that people do in the countryside, especially hunting or fishing:
the sport of falconry
a demonstration by people opposed to blood sports (=sports that involve killing animals)

helpful person

[countable usually singular] also good sport old-fashioned a helpful cheerful person who lets you enjoy yourself
be a sport (=used when asking someone to help you)
Be a sport and lend me your bike.

a good sport

someone who does not get angry when they lose at a game or sport

a bad/poor sport

someone who gets angry very easily when they lose at a game or sport


a) Australian English used when speaking to someone, especially a man, in a friendly way:
See you later, sport.
b) American English old-fashioned used when speaking to a boy in a friendly way


[uncountable] old-fashioned fun or amusement:
Did she torment him merely for sport?

make sport of somebody

old-fashioned to joke about someone in a way that makes them seem stupid