Definition of unsporting in English:



  • Not fair, generous, or sportsmanlike.

    ‘the unsporting behaviour of some of the crowd’
    • ‘Vienna coach Joachim Loew was stunned by the incident and spluttered: ‘It was unfair, unsporting.’’
    • ‘In one of the biggest sporting events in the world and with the eyes of the globe upon him, a clever man would have realised that any unsporting acts are going to be spotted, discussed and punished.’
    • ‘And every time the tournaments comes around, we get re-introduced to the horrible unsporting injustice of the penalty shoot-out.’
    • ‘It appears that Croke Park wants to stamp out this unsporting behaviour that has long been part of the professional soccer game.’
    • ‘The Polish Hockey Association secretary also came into the field and accused the Pakistanis of unsporting behaviour.’
    • ‘McLeish had once been similarly accused of unsporting play in a match against Argentina in 1989, he happily remembered.’
    • ‘He never gave less than one hundred per cent, and while he had the physical capacity to take very good care of himself whatever the situation, I never knew him to engage in untoward or unsporting tactics.’
    • ‘The type of unsporting behaviour he showed was ridiculous really but thankfully Beckham rose above it.’
    • ‘There, in 1999 the Americans were guilty of some of the most outrageously uncouth and unsporting behaviour ever displayed in a sporting arena.’
    • ‘He also vented his anger at their opponents for their unsporting antics during the game and yesterday he even suggested that their euphoria will now be replaced by shame.’
    • ‘Any criticism that Northern Ireland employed unsporting tactics in the game is well wide of the mark.’
    • ‘He said the protest should not be perceived as the cry of bad losers but as a legitimate move to bring sanity to the game by discouraging unsporting behaviour.’
    • ‘When in 1949 a New Zealander called Brunton Smith flung himself full-length to prevent a Yorkshire boundary, the Bramall Lane crowd booed his unsporting behaviour.’
    • ‘Referees - I am led to believe - are appointed to oversee fair play, punish offenders and prevent unsporting conduct.’
    • ‘What unsporting behaviour from these 2 players Pargat and Baljeet, who between them have been the the past 3 Olympic hockey captains of India.’
    • ‘Victory through unsporting competition, he presumed, was preferable to no victory at all.’
    • ‘In the end it was the saliva and not the foul that landed Totti in his current predicament: a three-match ban for gross unsporting conduct.’
    • ‘Blake seemed to make the most of it and, surprisingly, he was not even cautioned for his unsporting behaviour.’
    • ‘When Celtic slammed Porto's unsporting behaviour in the UEFA Cup final, they omitted to mention that it was irrelevant to the outcome.’
    • ‘Donie Brennan did have a chance to equalise but his effort from an acute free went wide off the far post, as the game became niggly and unsporting.’
    deceitful, underhanded, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, janus-faced, unsportsmanlike
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