Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sport n.

[sport v.]

1. sexual intercourse; in weak sense, flirtations, relationships (see cite 1910).

[UK]Hickscorner Aiii: Johan and Sybbell Now they were spyed in bedde togyder [...] They twayne togyder had good sporte But at the stewes syde I lost a grote.
[UK]The Boke of Mayd Emlyn line 93: A yonge lusty one She dyd then take [...] full ofte spake To haste the weddynge And all for beddynge, Some sport to make; Her herte to ease And the flesshe to please.
[UK] ‘The Gaberlunzie Man’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 3: Fu’ snug in a glen, where nane could see, / The twa, with kindlie sport and glee, / Cut frae a new cheese a whang.
[Scot]A. Scott Poems (1821) 41: In oxsteris cloiss, we kiss, and cossis hairtis, Brynt in desyre of amouris play and sport.
[UK]Marriage of Wit and Science I i: Pleasure pricketh fourth my youth to feele a greater fyre, What though I be to young to shewe her sport in bed, Yet are there many in thys lande that at my yeares doe wedde.
[UK]‘W.S.’ Lamentable Tragedie of Locrine IV iii: I carried her valiently to the bed [...] flung my selfe vpon her, and there I delighted her so with the sport I made.
[UK]J. Day Ile of Guls IV i: She and I would haue about at cob-nut cherry-pit, or somewhat to keepe ourselues from idleness, though she be a foole, the bable’s good enough to make sport withall in the darke.
[UK] ‘The New Exchange’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 4: Here’s dice and boxes, if you please / To play at in and in [...] & if you like such thundering spourt, / Here is my ladyes hole.
[UK]R. Burton Anatomy of Melancholy When as afterward he did not play the man as he should doe, she fell in league with a good fellow, and whil’st hee [...] continued at his study late, she at her sport.
[UK]T. Killigew Parson’s Wedding in Dodsley XIV (1875) II vii: ’Tis certain the court is the bravest place in the kingdom for sport, if it were well looked to, and the game preserved fair; but, as ’tis, a man may sooner make a set in the Strand.
W. Wright ‘Preparative to a Pacification’ in Carpenter Verse in English from Tudor & Stuart Eng. (2003) 317: Of pleasant sports and mery-trix a many / [...] /To Friday Market, where then may be sold / Private Commodities, both Young and Old.
[UK]Mennis & Smith ‘A Wife’ Wit Restor’d (1817) 204: A lusty young wife [...] Oft a grave Doctor ask’d, whether’s more right For Venus sports, the morning or the night.
[Scot] ‘The Knight and the Beggar-Wench’ in Euing Broadside Ballads No. 155: Quoth I pretty Mort, / Let me show thee some sport.
[UK] ‘Amorous Dialogue Btwn John & his Mistress’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 68: Such sport to refuse who was ever so mad, / I’le take it where ever it is to be had.
[UK]Rochester (attrib.) Sodom 304I i: My Prick to Bald Cunt shal no more resort: / Merkins rub off & often spoile the sport.
[UK]N. Ward ‘The Insinuating Bawd’ Writings (1704) 83: Her Blood’s Corrupted, and her Breath’s grown Short, / And all for want of Love’s Salubrious Sport.
[UK]Fifteen Comforts of Cuckoldom 6: To have her full / Of sport, she’s run away a Soldier’s Trull.
[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 27: They being Lovers of the Sport.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 174: Going to address himself to the Sport of Venus, the dear innocent Soul cried out, What are you going to do to me? [Ibid.] 436: The Sport being over, they parted.
[UK]Low Life Above Stairs I i: You must know I have for some time past languished, with the most tender Passion for the Duchess of Lovesport.
[UK]H. Howard Choice Spirits Museum 32: Six times he put in and six Times he pull’d out, Sir, Till weary with Sport he could angle no more.
[Scot] ‘Miss Blair’ Ranger’s Impartial List of the Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh n.p.: And when the sport is over, she will soon make nature revive, by a peculiar art that she is entire mistress of.
[Ire]‘Sally Mac Gee’ in A. Carpenter Verse in Eng. in 18C Ireland (1998) 513: The night being come, we to sport went merrily.
[UK]The only True LIST, of those celebrated SPORTING LADIES [broadsheet] Miss Wi-dg-se, who, though short, gives excellent sport [and] never throws her rider.
[Ire]‘Hush Cat from under the Table’ in A. Carpenter Verse in Eng. in 18C Ireland (1998) 404: A room we did call for, / We there took our sport.
[UK]C. Morris ‘The Great Plenipotentiary’ Collection of Songs (1788) 39: As he knew in our State that the Women have weight, / He chose one well hung for good Sport, Sir.
[UK] ‘Riding St. George!’ Comic Songster and Gentleman’s Private Cabinet 32: I really were pleased wi’ the sport.
[UK]T. Rowlandson Pretty Little Games (1872) plate ii: The Country Squire to London came, / And left behind his dogs and game; / Yet finer sport he has in view, / And hunts the hare and coney too.
[UK]More Forbidden Fruit 23: I timed myself to get to the cottage [...] so as to have a long afternoon in case i found any sport.
[UK]Bastow & Leigh [perf. George Bastow] ‘Captain Ginjah O.T.’ 🎵 When I look back and think tut-tut what sport I’ve had / In certain quarters I'm afraid my reputation’s bad.
[UK]T. Burke Limehouse Nights 309: On’y a bit of sport, that’s all.
[US]M. West Pleasure Man (1997) III ii: Ever since I knew that my sister was used for some man’s dirty sport.
[US]‘R. Scully’ Scarlet Pansy 248: She came to the question, ‘What sports are you interested in,’ answered, ‘I am a sexual athlete. Naturally, I am interested in all indoor sports.’.
[US](con. 1927) in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 618: His favorite sport is the hole of the queen.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 204: She told me I was th’ first staff she ever saw who didn’t have a measly twenty dollars for a little sport.
[US]C. Himes Run Man Run (1969) 147: ‘What kind of sport?’ [...] ‘The sport.’ ‘Oh, you mean women.’.
[US]Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore II 595: Sport once referred almost exclusively to sexual play [...] in such out-dated phrases as ‘sporting house’ (of prostitution).

2. a playboy, a man-about-town, with the accent on gambling, womanizing and other areas of the ‘fast’ life.

[US]Harper’s Mag. Dec. 60/1: The very words ‘sport’ and ‘sportsmen’ have been perverted from their old English significations to mean gaming and gamblers [DA].
[US]C.G. Leland ‘Breitmann in Politics’ in Hans Breitmann About Town 40: Und dey brinted dem in efery vay / To make de beoples laugh, / Und comment on dem in de shtyle / Dat ‘sports’ call ‘slasher-gaff’.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 20: A ‘bully firm’ was the verdict of the sports of the town.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. (2 edn) 8: Sport - American term for a gambler or turfite.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 16: I made inquiries for a faro bank, and at last found one; and I bolted in as if I was an old sport.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 12/1: Alfred Joseph, a gay sport from Bendigo, found his only Parisian difficulty to be that of ‘distinguishing Aspasia from the Nobility.’ A similar difficulty is cropping up in Sydney.
[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 32: ‘[D]on’t yer know me? I’m Willie Wilkins, an’ y’ll find me a hotter sport den any o’ yez’.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 17 Apr. 1/3: Home of the horsey hustler and [...] the dubious dirty doers who are familiarly known by the appellation of ‘sports’.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 89: Every tinhorn sport has his bundle, you know; but it’s only your real gent that can flash a check book.
[NZ]Truth (Wellington) 6 Apr. 7/5: She chummed up with Abingdon Baird, a sport who owned a string of racers.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘The Downfall of Mulligan’s’ in Three Elephant Power 59: The sports of Paddy’s Flat unearthed a phenomenal runner in the shape of a black fellow called Frying-pan Joe.
[US]Van Loan ‘His Own Stuff’ in Score by Innings (2004) 388: I’m going to meet her at the stage door after the show [...] and she won’t think I’m a sport unless I open wine.
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 35: Before the half-hour was up he was [...] telling me that I was a sport, and he was a sport, and that we were the only two ‘sports’ in the world.
[UK]G. Greene Gun for Sale (1973) 82: He’s a sport, old Piker.
[US]H.M. Anderson Strip Tease 31: ‘The girls aren’t interested in two-bit sports’.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 11: The real sports, the all-night boys [...] called him Automatic Majcinek.
[US]B. Appel Tough Guy [ebook] Women in flowered hats [...] drank with the cigar-smoking Eighth Avenue sports.
[WI]S. Selvon Lonely Londoners 115: You could [...] negotiate ten shillings or a pound with the sports.
[US]C. Himes Pinktoes (1989) 190: Black sports from uptown began accosting dignified white ladies.
[US](con. 1920s) S. James in Calt I’d Rather Be the Devil (1994) 67: ‘He [i.e. a pimp] was nothin’ but a ‘sport,’ [...] He didn’t have to work: womens workin’ for him’ .
[US]C. Himes Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 52: The comely young brownskinned miss presented her collection basket to a group of sports of allsorts in front of the Paradise Inn.

3. an eccentric.

[UK]Daily Tel. 29 Dec. in Ware (1909) 231/1: It is still undeniable that a child who is not interested in animals [...] must be wanting in some of the most graceful and endearing instincts of the childish nature. Such infantile ‘sports’, however, are happily rare.

4. (esp. Aus.) a man.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 June 14/2: Meantime, all ‘sports’ will wish him a speedy return to ‘form,’ for Shorter is, in every sense of the word, a billiard-player of the best type.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 1 Oct. 4/8: Note the hundreds of city ‘sports’ who go on the land meaning thereby the Esplanade - most days of the week.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 235: Why, here’s Mr. Babbitt! He ain’t one of these ordinary sports! He’s a real guy!
[US]N. Algren Never Come Morning (1988) 134: He’d made her, hadn’t he? He’d scored, and the other sports had scored.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 45: He was a short old sport, with thin white hair.

5. as a term of address to a man, occas. a woman.

[UK]Marvel 17 Nov. 464: ‘Evening, sports! Don’t shift on my account!’ said Neepy.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 10 Jan. 9/4: Roll up, sports, see Ned’s knockout blow .
[US]F. Packard Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I ii: Y’re all right, sport — y’re all right.
[Aus]D. Stivens Tramp and Other Stories 5: Give them a clap! That’s good. Thank you, sports.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 269: Buy me one short beer, sport.
[NZ]I. Hamilton Till Human Voices Wake Us 28: Don’t worry, sport, it’s all part of the punishment.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 19: Look sport, get lost will yer? I can’t stand ’ere maggin’ ter you all day.
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 39: ‘That score digs you, spote.’ (He said sport like that: spote).
[Aus]J. Wynnum I’m a Jack, All Right 15: Look here, Sport [...] I’m doing you a good turn, and don’t forget it.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 94: I’ve got a job for you, sport.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 5: Australians no longer call each other ‘sport’ or ‘cobber’. [...] ‘Sport’ is now used as a signal; word and a threat, as in ‘Watch it, sport’.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 62: ‘Look . . . sport,’ said Sherman, ‘I want you to put that sheet away.’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 23: If she’s your sister, sport, then I’m twins with Mel Gibson.
[UK]Guardian G2 5 June 3: Alright, don’t spit your dummy, sport.
[US]L. Berney Gutshot Straight [ebook] [to a woman] ‘Whatcha doin’ there, sport?’ he asked. She turned around, flicked the other dress strap off, peeked at him over her shoulder.
[US]M. McBride Swollen Red Sun 129: ‘You oughta not concern yourself with that, sport’.
[Aus](con. 1943) G.S. Manson Irish Fandango [ebook] ‘Are you deaf, sport?’.

6. in weaker use of sense 4, a general term of approbation, ‘a good chap’; esp. in phr. be a sport.

[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 11: His Whiskers is a dead sport mostly.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 59: That Sam’s a swell dip, an’ blows his coin like a sport.
[UK]Wodehouse Psmith Journalist (1993) 171: Bully for you, Pugsy! [...] You’re a little sport.
[NZ]Truth (Wellington) 13 Oct 5/7: Mine host of the Albert is known as a ‘sport’ [...] He’s a dinkum good fellow, and a bosker good friend.
[UK]T. Norman Penny Showman 7: Come on be a sport. Fetch her out.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 35: I think you are a bloody good sport.
D. Burley in Chicago Defender 29 Feb. 11: You’re one of the best sports along the stroll [...] you’re o.k.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 248: ‘Give us a smoke.’ ‘No.’ ‘Come on, be a sport.’.
[UK]T. O’Reilly Tiger of the Legion 88: [of a woman] She was a real sport, that little woman.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 154: ‘Aw, don’t be a nark,’ the boy stammered. ‘Be a sport and help me upstairs. I’m all in.’.
[US]Kramer & Karr Teen-Age Gangs 146: He took it as a good sport.
[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 122: Get with it now. Be good sports. No wall flowers allowed.
[Aus]A. Buzo The Roy Murphy Show (1973) 107: Don’t be a bad sport.
[UK]P. Theroux London Embassy 80: ‘Be a sport,’ I said.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 2 Feb. 7: ‘You’re a sport’ is usually what we say to some poor klutz after we’ve made his life a little bit worse.

7. (Aus.) as sense 2, of a woman.

[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 11 Jan. 13/3: They Say [...] That Joe W., G.R., and Dr. J. were seen talking to two tarts known as Annie and Ethel, who were reading the ‘Sport.’ They are sports.
[Aus]L. Lower Here’s Luck 141: ‘Any time you’ve got a party on, let me know and I’ll bring a carload of girls for you. All sports’ .

8. (US gay) a male prostitute.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 111: a male prostitute [...] sport.

In compounds

sport’s delight (n.)

a portion of ham and eggs.

[US]Tacoma Times (WA) 2 Nov. 3/5: A ‘sports delight’ is another name for ham and eggs.

In phrases

old sport (n.)

a general greeting or form of address given to a man (usu. one whom one knows).

[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 384: ‘You impudent black scoundrel! I’ll give you ten lashes with a raw-hide.’ ‘You’ll have a damn nice time doing it, old sport,’ retorted ‘Georgia’ in his natural voice.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 28: Mrs. Slammen held out her jeweled hand cordially. ‘Put it there, old sport,’ she said.
[Scot]‘Ian Hay’ Lighter Side of School Life 71: Broken neck, inflammation of the lungs, ringworm, and leprosy, old son. [Ibid.] 202: dear eggster, — Well, old sport, how goes it?
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 10 May 10/3: They Say [...] That Mick Q. and Dan O.G.(gangers) are going to enter for the next beauty competition. We wish you luck, old sports.
[UK]A. Brazil Madcap of the School 76: ‘Right-o, old sport!’ returned Morvyth.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Juno and the Paycock Act II: Sit down, Mrs. Madigan, sit down, me oul’ sport.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 211: Not yet quite so quick, my old sport.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 30: Things are getting hot, old sport.
[US]H.S. Thompson in Proud Highway (1997) 266: Good morning, old sport.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 172: Couldn’t [...] old sport. The super’s back tomorrow and it’s more than my life’s worth.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 203: Choko McGruder up and said: ‘Well, Mick, old sport - them’s the breaks’.
[UK](con. 1950s) J. Byrne Slab Boys [film script] 92: That’s right, Spanky old sport.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 127: Why would you want to wear cologne in the woods anyway, old sport?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

sportfuck (v.) [fuck v. (1)]

to have spontaneous, casual sexual intercourse; thus sportfucking n.

P. Newman Playboy July n.p.: There was sport fucking. There was mercy fucking, which would be reserved for spinsters and librarians [R].
[US]D. Jenkins Dead Solid Perfect 165: [T]hat trend among Fort Worth housewives toward neighborhood sport-fuckin’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Double Whammy (1990) 235: The sportfucking, he didn’t mind. A different fella each night and he’d never say a word to me.
[US]K. Anderson Night Dogs 198: ‘A “sport fuck” I think you guys call it’.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 30 July 13: A group of wrinkly Sun-Belt swingers ‘sportfuck’ on camera.
D. Jenkins Slim & None 9: [S]he’d sport-fucked every happy hour sumbitch in Tarrant County.