What does sportive mean?

Definitions for sportive
ˈspɔr tɪv, ˈspoʊr-sportive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sportiveadjective

    relating to or interested in sports

  2. coltish, frolicsome, frolicky, rollicking, sportiveadjective

    given to merry frolicking

    "frolicsome students celebrated their graduation with parties and practical jokes"


  1. sportiveadjective

    gay; frolicsome; merry

    Is it I / That drive thee from the sportive court? uE000241601uE001 Shakespeare.

  2. sportiveadjective

    Playful, coltish.

  3. sportiveadjective

    Interested in sport.

  4. sportiveadjective

    Sporty, good at sport.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sportiveadjective

    Gay; merry; frolick; wanton; playful; ludicrous.

    Etymology: from sport.

    I am not in a sportive humour now;
    Tell me, and dally not, where is the money? William Shakespeare.

    Is it I
    That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou
    Was’t shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark
    Of smoky muskets? William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    While thus the constant pair alternate said,
    Joyful above them and around them play’d
    Angels and sportive loves, a numerous crowd,
    Smiling they clapt their wings, and low they bow’d. Matthew Prior.

    We must not hope wholly to change their original tempers, nor make the gay, pensive and grave; nor the melancholy, sportive, without spoiling them. John Locke.

    No wonder savages or subjects slain,
    Were equal crimes in a despotick reign;
    Both doom’d alike for sportive tyrants bled,
    But subjects starv’d while savages were fed. Alexander Pope.


  1. sportive

    A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event, typically held annually. The Italian term Gran Fondo is commonly used for these events in the United States, Australia and some other English-speaking countries. Cyclosportive is short for the French term randonnée cyclosportive (the spelling cyclosportif is sometimes also used but cyclosportive is correct as randonnée is a feminine noun in French). Many cyclists use sportives to challenge themselves in a personal battle against the distance and then ultimately, the clock. Some participants in a cyclosportive will ride the event like a race, with prizes awarded and considerable prestige for top place finishers, particularly in events like La Marmotte, L'Étape du Tour and the Ardechoise. A cyclosportive falls between a traditional cycle road race and the more challenging non-competitive randonnée or Audax events. Riders normally carry a number and the time they take to complete the course is recorded. There is usually an upper time limit within which the course must be completed (unlike many randonnée events, there is no lower limit preventing riders from completing the course quickly). The already lengthy course will traditionally include climbs and difficult riding conditions, adding to the merit of the event (e.g. the cobblestones of the Paris–Roubaix). The routes will usually be well sign-posted and/or marshalled (some cyclosportives take place on roads which have been closed to motor traffic for the duration of the event), riders will be able to use feeding stations positioned at intervals along the route to replenish their food and drink supplies and mechanical and medical support may also be provided. Some attract thousands of participants – since 2000 l'Étape du Tour has offered places to 8,500 riders each year.


  1. sportive

    Sportive generally refers to something playful, lively, or relating to sport or athletics. It can describe both behavior and events that are light-hearted, energetic, and often involve physical activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sportiveadjective

    tending to, engaged in, or provocate of, sport; gay; froliscome; playful; merry

Anagrams for sportive »

  1. overtips

  2. sorptive

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sportive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sportive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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