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Disport definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISPORT, n. [dis and sport.] Play; sport; pastime; diversion; amusement; merriment.
DISPORT, v.i. To play; to wanton; to move lightly and without restraint; to move in gayety; as lambs disporting on the mead..
Where light disports in ever mingling dyes.
DISPORT, v.t. To divert or amuse; as, he disports himself.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies" [syn: amuse, divert, disport]
2: play boisterously; "The children frolicked in the garden"; "the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; "The toddlers romped in the playroom" [syn: frolic, lark, rollick, skylark, disport, sport, cavort, gambol, frisk, romp, run around, lark about]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 14th century archaic sport, pastime II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desporter, to carry away, comfort, entertain, from des- dis- + porter to carry, from Latin portare more at fare Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. divert, amuse 2. display intransitive verb to amuse oneself in light or lively fashion ; frolic disportment noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.intr. & refl. frolic; gambol; enjoy oneself (disported on the sand; disported themselves in the sea). --n. archaic 1 relaxation. 2 a pastime. Etymology: ME f. AF & OF desporter (as DIS-, porter carry f. L portare)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Disport Dis*port", n. [OF. desport, deport. See Disport, v. i., and cf. Sport.] Play; sport; pastime; diversion; playfulness. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Disport Dis*port", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Disported; p. pr. & vb. n. Disporting.] [OF. se desporter; pref. des- (L. dis-) + F. porter to carry; orig. therefore, to carry one's self away from work, to go to amuse one's self. See Port demeanor, and cf. Sport.] To play; to wanton; to move in gayety; to move lightly and without restraint; to amuse one's self. Where light disports in ever mingling dyes. --Pope. Childe Harold basked him in the noontide sun, Disporting there like any other fly. --Byron.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Disport Dis*port", v. t. [OF. desporter. See Disport, v. i.] 1. To divert or amuse; to make merry. They could disport themselves. --Buckle. 2. To remove from a port; to carry away. --Prynne.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(disports, disporting, disported) If you disport yourself somewhere, you amuse yourself there in a happy and energetic way. (HUMOROUS or OLD-FASHIONED) ...the rich and famous disporting themselves in glamorous places. VERB: V pron-refl prep/adv

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. (Poetical.) Play, amusement, diversion, pastime, sport, merriment. II. v. n. Play, gambol, frisk, frolic, sport, make merry, wanton, caper. III. v. a. Amuse, divert, entertain, cheer, solace, beguile, relax.

Moby Thesaurus

acquit, act, antic, bear, brandish, caper, caracole, carry, carry on, cavort, comport, conduct, curvet, cut a dido, cut capers, cut up, dance, demean, deport, display, diversion, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, flounce, fool around, frisk, frolic, fun, gambol, go on, horse around, jollity, merriment, parade, play, recreate, recreation, rollick, romp, show off, skip, sport, trip, trot out


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