Friday, January 27, 2017

Word of the day: sportive

The word of the day is sportive:

1. playful or frolicsome; jesting, jocose, or merry.
2. done in sport, rather than in earnest
3. pertaining to or of the nature of a sport or sports.
4. Biology. mutative.
5. Archaic. ardent; wanton.


"'She wants this boy to go and play there.  And of course he's going.  And he had better play there,' said my sister, shaking her head at me as an encouragement to be extremely light and sportive, 'or I'll work him.'"

 - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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