Definition of sportif in English:



  • 1(of a person) active or interested in athletic sports.

    ‘he was sportif and ready for action’
    1. 1.1 (of a garment or style of dress) suitable for sport or informal wear; casual.
      • ‘You'll just have to settle for sportif chic, my dear.’
      • ‘Spa-inspired clothing joins track suits, cross trainers and karate pants in the chic sportif tradition.’
      casual, relaxed, comfortable, everyday, sloppy, leisure
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  • A person who is active or interested in sport.

    • ‘He doesn't have the time nowadays to be a sportif - he used to love playing football, rugby, cricket and enjoyed windsurfing.’
    • ‘The hotel has been a favourite amongst winter sportifs ever since the Serane family opened it for business some 35 years ago.’
    • ‘Paris will do it with great panache; actually the French aren't all sportifs and sportives but on the whole look indulgently on those who are.’