Definition of unsportsmanlike in English:

unsportsmanlike

adjective

  • Unsporting.

    ‘a penalty against us for unsportsmanlike conduct’
    • ‘It was determined that the existing rules, as written, failed to provide the referee with the ability to warn or otherwise discipline a player for unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play.’
    • ‘You might get an unsportsmanlike penalty for mocking your opponent, but it's well worth the price of 15 yards and a yellow flag.’
    • ‘The ugly face of national pride has shown itself in the Australian Open, and it's time unsportsmanlike behaviour was eradicated’
    • ‘Throughout the tournament our team was criticized for perceived unsportsmanlike behavior.’
    • ‘The chief offender was Armstrong, who got very nasty and unsportsmanlike, refusing to accept the umpire's decision.’
    • ‘But there is no penalty box in golf, no 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.’
    • ‘I also see a lot of penalties for taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct.’
    • ‘Here were the English being accused by the Australians of being unsportsmanlike, which was the last thing they ever expected to be accused of by Australians.’
    • ‘The Saints were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for the stunt.’
    • ‘West Indies won the inaugural Test 13 years ago, but had to rely on some unsportsmanlike tactics to avoid defeat five years ago.’
    • ‘Yes, playing with an unfair advantage is unsportsmanlike.’
    • ‘His sophomore year, he was unable to pitch due to unsportsmanlike conduct directed towards one of the umpires that had gotten him ejected for the rest of the state tournament.’
    • ‘The use of rules in an unfair and unsportsmanlike fashion is what makes pilots unhappy with Category I competitions.’
    • ‘He drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting after he flipped the ball at a Detroit player on the sideline.’
    • ‘In a police interview, he accepted he had delivered the butt and said he knew his actions were unsportsmanlike.’
    • ‘I've never seen a player justify unsportsmanlike actions by saying, ‘I'm going to do what I want to and say what I want to.’’
    • ‘In both cases, the rules were changed because the actions of the quarterbacks were judged to be unsportsmanlike.’
    • ‘The Ravens coach shook his fist at the crowd after his team went ahead 24-10, one of the most unsportsmanlike gestures I have ever observed.’
    • ‘The advice to ‘not look back until you've passed the finish line’ was selfish and unsportsmanlike.’
    • ‘By his code of honor, it would been unsportsmanlike to drop out.’
    • ‘He behaved in a very unsportsmanlike way and I asked him why he did that and then he completely lost it again.’
    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, unsporting
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Pronunciation

unsportsmanlike

/ʌnˈspɔːtsmənlʌɪk/