One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]humorous, archaic
Enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic.‘a painting of lords and ladies disporting themselves by a lake’
- ‘The writing in this collection resides and disports itself very intently within the field of language-presence and language-process.’
- ‘But she does a magnificent job of observing him as he disports himself in various clearings.’
- ‘It was Ladies' Hour, and there were well-dressed women around me, some English and some Indian - overseeing their children as they disported in the pool.’
- ‘Fantasy is a genre that tends to make me twitchy, though in expert hands it can conjure up a bogus credibility: Surely we don't object to the gods disporting themselves in Greek drama.’
- ‘The antelope-eyed couples disporting themselves with such abandon represent both a physical and a religious ideal.’
- ‘They disported themselves bumptiously, like they were aces.’
- ‘Here, apparently, royal ladies disported themselves under the watchful gaze of women sentries.’
- ‘Mary and her husband Dave first sampled the joys of disporting themselves in the scud on the beaches of Ibiza and decided to attempt to replicate the liberating experience in Scotland.’
- ‘I've always been impressed by the fact that my readers generally disport themselves in a courteous and civilized fashion.’
- ‘They didn't actually attempt to ride these giants, and there were no surfers disporting themselves on top of them either.’
- ‘He stands on two legs, beats a big drum with a stick held in his trunk and disports himself with the grave grace one always admires in these imposing creatures.’
- ‘While father and daughter disport themselves, textile unrest grows.’
- ‘For self-help they started the Benevolent Association, and for distraction, played cards or disported in the gin mills, clubs, and theaters that then lined Ridge Road.’
- ‘The light is from flashing video screens everywhere, forcing you to watch said insanity disporting itself live.’
- ‘Recently two whales were disporting themselves in the balmy early spring waters of Sydney Harbour.’
- ‘Charlotte played along with the pack, relishing the sales potential of celebrity, disporting herself on a beach lounger for the benefit of long lenses.’
- ‘We wouldn't have been surprised to see them the next day disporting themselves on the golf course or the Tennis court with equal verve and dash.’
- ‘So that disporting myself right modestly continues even into this interview.’
- ‘The stories featured mainly attractive young people with no perceptible acting talent or experience disporting themselves in the buff.’
- ‘She is currently disporting herself in Ireland, you see.’
1Diversion from work or serious matters; recreation or amusement.‘the King and all his Court were met for solace and disport’
pleasure, leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, entertainment, amusement, refreshment, restoration, distraction, diversionView synonyms
- ‘Yet for disport we fawn and flatter both.’
- ‘This policeman has an insatiable desire for disport, so he rides this small bike in no time when he sees it.’
- 1.1 A pastime, game, or sport.
- ‘The Advent fast ended on Christmas Eve; then there were twelve days of feasting, banqueting, pageantry, disguising, and convivial merrymaking, all presided over by the Lord of Misrule, or Master of Merry Disports.’
- ‘Regardless what disports you should be interested in, one might assemble stories re your favorite sport on the online world.’
Late Middle English: from Old French desporter, from des- ‘away’ + porter ‘carry’ (from Latin portare).
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