Definition of unsportsmanlike in English:



  • Unsporting.

    ‘a penalty against us for unsportsmanlike conduct’
    • ‘The ugly face of national pride has shown itself in the Australian Open, and it's time unsportsmanlike behaviour was eradicated’
    • ‘He behaved in a very unsportsmanlike way and I asked him why he did that and then he completely lost it again.’
    • ‘The Saints were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for the stunt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By his code of honor, it would been unsportsmanlike to drop out.’
    • ‘Throughout the tournament our team was criticized for perceived unsportsmanlike behavior.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chief offender was Armstrong, who got very nasty and unsportsmanlike, refusing to accept the umpire's decision.’
    • ‘In a police interview, he accepted he had delivered the butt and said he knew his actions were unsportsmanlike.’
    • ‘The advice to ‘not look back until you've passed the finish line’ was selfish and unsportsmanlike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also see a lot of penalties for taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct.’
    • ‘West Indies won the inaugural Test 13 years ago, but had to rely on some unsportsmanlike tactics to avoid defeat five years ago.’
    • ‘You might get an unsportsmanlike penalty for mocking your opponent, but it's well worth the price of 15 yards and a yellow flag.’
    • ‘But there is no penalty box in golf, no 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.’
    • ‘In both cases, the rules were changed because the actions of the quarterbacks were judged to be unsportsmanlike.’
    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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