Definition of sportsmanship in English:



mass noun
  • Fair and generous behaviour or treatment of others, especially in a sporting contest.

    ‘he displayed great sportsmanship in defeat’
    ‘the spirit of sportsmanship was not lost between the two teams’
    • ‘It's an outrageous act of poor sportsmanship, which of course, makes for great comedy.’
    • ‘The enjoyment was visible, and the sportsmanship self-evident.’
    • ‘They have shown much improvement throughout the term and an excellent level of sportsmanship as well.’
    • ‘The problem isn't with individuals who need to be taught sportsmanship.’
    • ‘Each team captain voted on the recipient of the fair play award, which went to the team showing the most sportsmanship.’