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1Playful; light-hearted:‘Sir John was in sportive mood’
- ‘The jack-o'-lantern is a sportive creature whose innate love of mischief causes him to lead travelers astray.’
- ‘The dog, in a sportive mood, careered madly through the field.’
- ‘Brown has long had about him a sportive, Cyrano-esque panache.’
- ‘On the south side, almost at the edge of the cliff, stood a stone circle until it was tipped piecemeal over the brink by sportive youths.’
- ‘Tom, in his sportive mood, had caused serious inconvenience to a most respectable policeman.’
- ‘Jane Austen and the French Revolution provoked one of the most amusing of New Statesman competitions, asking sportive readers of the magazine to come up with the most unlikely titles for literary critical works they could think of.’
- 1.1archaic Amorous; lustful:‘a sportive man who drank and loved too much’
lustful, sexual, erotic, amatory, ardentView synonyms
- ‘Various sportive young matrons of his acquaintance‥certainly felt no overmastering desire to keep their husbands at their sides.’
2Relating to, interested in, or good at sport:‘Britain's architectural and sportive heritage’‘I was always a very sportive person—I played almost every sport’
athletic, fit, active, energetic, outdoorView synonyms
- ‘My parents are very sportive.’
- ‘For example in Russian the name roughly translates to sportive gymnastics, while the term 'artistic gymnastics' refers to what we call rhythmic gymnastics.’
- ‘He used moire, a classic, slightly old-fashioned couture kind of silk for bomber jackets and sportive pants.’
- ‘Al Reyadah is a specialised AC contracting and management company that works across diverse sectors, including hospitals, schools, universities, sportive clubs, factories, residential units, offices and other facilities.’
- ‘The profile conveys its sportive nature and combines a high-performance propulsion system with the comfort of a traditional motor yacht.’
- ‘Psychology can have a big impact on sportive performance - our heads probably count for 70 percent of our performances.’
- ‘According to the official rules, each female gymnast must wear a correct sportive leotard or unitard, which must be of elegant design.’
- ‘Russia's Minister of Sport stressed that the World Championships in Athletics that finished in Moscow was not only a sportive but somehow a political forum.’
- ‘The FIA's approval for Dubai to host this event ensured that the international sportive communities saw it as a wise decision.’
- ‘So how is he going to solve the political, personal and sportive configurations if he makes up his mind?’
- ‘Enhanced parasympathetic activity of sportive women is paradoxically associated to enhanced resting energy expenditure.’
- ‘It's summertime and weekend trips for sportive or business reasons are on the list!’
- ‘His natural athletic ability was inherited from a gifted family with a string of sportive genes.’
- ‘The 131st edition of the event will again feature a number of innovations and a unique sportive variety of sailing.’
Late 16th century: from sport + -ive.
A long-distance road cycling event in which a large number of cyclists ride a marked route:‘you may have put in hours of training before your first sportive, but all your good work can be undone if you neglect to prepare your bike’
- ‘Their traditional, voluntarist rides were losing out to the modern, glitzy sportive.’
- ‘For a 100-mile sportive I would start very steady.’
- ‘The French Resistance sportive starts at Dover ferry port, where you'll take the Dover-Calais ferry.’
- ‘For the past decade, Koolstof Coaching have been helping cyclists of all abilities reach their goals, from novice sportive riders to professionals.’
- ‘I'm not sure the organisers—and riders for that matter—can decide whether this event is a race or a sportive.’
- ‘Our story begins in Norwich, where an organized cycling event called the Boudicca Sportive took place.’
- ‘Whether it's getting to a sportive with your mates or taking the family on holiday, at times we all need to carry our bikes by car.’
- ‘They organised their first sportive in 2012, which received fantastic reviews.’
- ‘Training on a Wattbike is without doubt the most effective way to prepare for a challenging sportive.’
Early 21st century: shortened from cyclosportive.
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