Definition of disport in English:



[NO OBJECT]humorous, archaic
  • Enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic.

    ‘a painting of ladies disporting themselves by a lake’
    • ‘But she does a magnificent job of observing him as he disports himself in various clearings.’
    • ‘It was Ladies' Hour, and there were well-dressed women around me, some English and some Indian - overseeing their children as they disported in the pool.’
    • ‘I've always been impressed by the fact that my readers generally disport themselves in a courteous and civilized fashion.’
    • ‘Mary and her husband Dave first sampled the joys of disporting themselves in the scud on the beaches of Ibiza and decided to attempt to replicate the liberating experience in Scotland.’
    • ‘He stands on two legs, beats a big drum with a stick held in his trunk and disports himself with the grave grace one always admires in these imposing creatures.’
    • ‘We wouldn't have been surprised to see them the next day disporting themselves on the golf course or the Tennis court with equal verve and dash.’
    • ‘They disported themselves bumptiously, like they were aces.’
    • ‘She is currently disporting herself in Ireland, you see.’
    • ‘Recently two whales were disporting themselves in the balmy early spring waters of Sydney Harbour.’
    • ‘Here, apparently, royal ladies disported themselves under the watchful gaze of women sentries.’
    • ‘The light is from flashing video screens everywhere, forcing you to watch said insanity disporting itself live.’
    • ‘While father and daughter disport themselves, textile unrest grows.’
    • ‘They didn't actually attempt to ride these giants, and there were no surfers disporting themselves on top of them either.’
    • ‘For self-help they started the Benevolent Association, and for distraction, played cards or disported in the gin mills, clubs, and theaters that then lined Ridge Road.’
    • ‘Charlotte played along with the pack, relishing the sales potential of celebrity, disporting herself on a beach lounger for the benefit of long lenses.’
    • ‘Fantasy is a genre that tends to make me twitchy, though in expert hands it can conjure up a bogus credibility: Surely we don't object to the gods disporting themselves in Greek drama.’
    • ‘The stories featured mainly attractive young people with no perceptible acting talent or experience disporting themselves in the buff.’
    • ‘The writing in this collection resides and disports itself very intently within the field of language-presence and language-process.’
    • ‘The antelope-eyed couples disporting themselves with such abandon represent both a physical and a religious ideal.’
    • ‘So that disporting myself right modestly continues even into this interview.’


mass nounarchaic
  • 1Diversion from work or serious matters; recreation or amusement.

    ‘the King and all his Court were met for solace and disport’
    • ‘This policeman has an insatiable desire for disport, so he rides this small bike in no time when he sees it.’
    • ‘Yet for disport we fawn and flatter both.’
    pleasure, leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, entertainment, amusement, refreshment, restoration, distraction, diversion
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    1. 1.1count noun A pastime, game, or sport.
      ‘the display of these pageants and disports which enlivened the repast’
      • ‘Regardless what disports you should be interested in, one might assemble stories re your favorite sport on the online world.’
      • ‘The Advent fast ended on Christmas Eve; then there were twelve days of feasting, banqueting, pageantry, disguising, and convivial merrymaking, all presided over by the Lord of Misrule, or Master of Merry Disports.’


Late Middle English: from Old French desporter, from des- ‘away’ + porter ‘carry’ (from Latin portare).