• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sportive given to merry frolicking "frolicsome students celebrated their graduation with parties and practical jokes"
    • adj sportive relating to or interested in sports
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sportive Tending to, engaged in, or provocative of, sport; gay; frolicsome; playful; merry. "Is it I
      That drive thee from the sportive court?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sportive Inclined toward sport; fond of sport or amusement; frolicsome; playful.
    • sportive Connected with amusement or sports; characterized by sport, mirth, or pleasantry.
    • sportive Amorous; wanton.
    • sportive In botany and zoology, tending to vary from the normal type. See sport, n., 8. Darwin, Var. of Animals and Plants, p. 407. Synonyms Jocose, jocular, facetious, gamesome, prankish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sportive inclined to sport: playful: merry: amorous, wanton
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed by aphæresis from disport.


In literature:

But the man picked himself up slowly, and turning round, poured a torrent of angry words on the sportive youth.
"Five Mice in a Mouse-trap" by Laura E. Richards
In a well-known public resort yesterday I witnessed a specimen of their sportive style.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Such characters are not ruled by fate but by a sportive chance.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
With the aid of the sportive accomplices, a cord was passed round the victim's throat.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879" by Various
In their sportive parties they row about in a thousand different manners.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
Where hast thou lost thy wit and sportive mirth?
"Jane Shore" by Nicholas Rowe
He is a most sportive Prince.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She was suddenly sportive with pride in his interest.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
His delicacy and sportive gaiety are infinite.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
Her tendency is to the child-like and sportive.
"English Critical Essays" by Various

In poetry:

I’M growing old — ‘t is surely so;
And yet how short it seems
Since I was but a sportive child,
Enjoying childish dreams!
"I'm Growing Old" by Anonymous Americas
Her baby laugh and sportive glee,
Her spirit's airy lightness,
Surround the pleasant prairie home
With hues of magic brightness.
"Our Helen" by Effie Afton
Round Thurlow's head in early youth,
And in his sportive days,
Fair science poured the light of truth,
And genius shed his rays.
"On The Promotion Of Edward Thurlow, Esq. To The Lord High Chancellorship Of England" by William Cowper
And, sweeter still, through all the day
I seem to hear her winsome prattle -
I seem to feel her hands at play,
As though they gave me sportive battle.
"Beard And Baby" by Eugene Field
Now sportive Fancy did her eye-lids close,
And Memory brought the happy past to view;
A group of visionary friends arose,
And in a dance confus'd around her drew.
"The Power Of Love" by Charlotte Dacre
Hark!—-along the tangled ground,
Loudly floats the pleasing sound!
Sportive Fauns to Dryads tell,
'Tis the cheerful dinner-bell!
The dinner-bell! the dinner-bell!
"Duet" by Thomas Love Peacock