What does sportsmanship mean?

Definitions for sportsmanshipˈspɔrts mənˌʃɪp, ˈspoʊrts-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sportsmanship.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sportsmanship(noun)

    fairness in following the rules of the game


  1. sportsmanship(Noun)

    the behaviour exhibited in playing sports, either good or bad

  2. sportsmanship(Noun)

    the good attitude/behaviour displayed by players of a game; fairness, determination, winning or losing gracefully

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sportsmanship(noun)

    the practice of sportsmen; skill in field sports


  1. Sportsmanship

    Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. A sore loser refers to one who does not take defeat well, whereas a good sport means being a "good winner" as well as being a "good loser". Sportsmanship can be conceptualized as an enduring and relatively stable characteristic or disposition such that individuals differ in the way they are generally expected to behave in sport situations. In general, sportsmanship refers to virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence, and has been associated with interpersonal concepts of treating others and being treated fairly, maintaining self-control if dealing with others, and respect for both authority and opponents. Sportsmanship is also looked at as being the way one reacts to a sport/game. A competitor who exhibits poor sportsmanship after losing a game or contest is often called a "sore loser". Sore loser behavior includes blaming others for the loss, not accepting responsibility for personal actions that contributed to the defeat, reacting to the loss in an immature or improper fashion, making excuses for the defeat, and citing unfavorable conditions or other petty issues as reasons for the defeat. A bad winner acts in a shallow fashion after his or her victory, such as by gloating about his or her win, rubbing the win in the face of the opponent, and lowering the opponent's self-esteem by constantly reminding the opponent of "poor" performance in comparison.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sportsmanship in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sportsmanship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Taylor Pensoneau:

    One might say Gov. Quinn has shown poor sportsmanship.

  2. June Sheaks:

    Our primary goal is to keep this type of sportsmanship alive.

  3. Knute Kenneth Rockne:

    One player practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.

  4. Manny Pacquiao:

    WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board( GAB) so as not to erode the people's interest in boxing, on my part, I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter, I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.

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