Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Relating to or fond of sport; playful.

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Usage examples "sportive":

  1. O thou embodiment of sportive grace!
  2. And suppose there were to be sensations, caused, for example, by a sportive demon who liked to make fun of eminent physiologists- then there might be the appearance of matter and nothing else; in other words, there might be mind, and various states of mind. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
  3. Of course, the Doones, and nobody else, had robbed good Uncle Reuben; and then they grew sportive, and took his horse, an especially sober nag, and bound the master upon the wild one, for a little change as they told him. - "Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor", R. D. Blackmore.