Meaning of “disport” in the English Dictionary

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"disport" in British English

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disportverb

uk /dɪˈspɔːt/ us /dɪˈspɔːrt/ old-fashioned or humorous

Examples from literature

  • A party of boys disported themselves noisily on the range of stone posts that form a bodyguard round the ancient lamp-surmounted pump, but otherwise the place was wrapped in dignified repose suited to its age and station. 
  • In the distant water a large number of animals are disporting themselves. 
  • It happened that my brother and myself were disporting ourselves in certain fields near the good town of Canterbury. 
  • On Sunday afternoons all the bourgeois world of our ville disports itself upon the jetty. 
  • The latter took little notice, and slowly wended his way through the extensive park, in whose magnificent old trees monkeys were disporting themselves. 

(Definition of “disport” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)