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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.

Childe Harold basked him in the noontide sun, Disporting there like any other fly.


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


Disport \Dis*port"\, v. t. [OF. desporter. See Disport, v. i.]

  1. To divert or amuse; to make merry.

    They could disport themselves.

  2. To remove from a port; to carry away.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Anglo-French disporter "divert, amuse," from Old French desporter "to seek amusement," literally "carry away" (the mind from serious matters), from des- "away" (see dis-) + porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Compare disporter "a minstrel or jester" (early 15c.).


n. 1 (context archaic English) A pastime; anything which divert one from serious matters; a game; sport; relaxation, recreation; entertainment; amusement 2 (context obsolete English) fun; gaiety; merriment; mirth; joy 3 (context obsolete English) deportment; bearing; carriage. 4 (context obsolete English) orientation; elevation; bearing. vb. 1 (context ambitransitive English) to amuse oneself divertingly or playfully; to cavort or gambol 2 to display ostentatiously 3 To remove from a port; to carry away.

  1. v. occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies" [syn: amuse, divert]

  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, sport, cavort, gambol, frisk, romp, run around, lark about]

Usage examples of "disport".

For some distance, however, it runs placidly along by the sea-shore, on which big, blue, foam-crested rollers were disporting themselves noisily, and passes through several Aino hamlets, and the Aino village of Abuta, with sixty houses, rather a prosperous-looking place, where the cultivation was considerably more careful, and the people possessed a number of horses.

They reached a park, where the moonlight glimmered on the waters of a curving canal - one of those serpentine waterways where aquaplaners frequently disported for the benefit of newsreel photographers.

In place of skirts they disported green and glossy silk tights and little gawdy knickers.

At the theatres, on the Bois, at the cafes, on the boulevards, and everywhere that idle Paris disports itself, Madame Aimee de Lassa attracted great attention and made a sensation.

They were with their tutor, and all three had been laughing heartily at the disport of the king and his courtiers.

He groaneth as our boar that lies in sty: Other disport of him right none have I, I may not please him in no manner case.

My astonishment was considerable when it became evident to me that the vicar himself was disporting in the water, which, reaching no higher than his waist, disclosed him in the ordinary habiliments of his cloth.

Also ye shall not use this forsayd crafti disport for no covetousness to the encreasing and sparing of your money only, but principally for your solace, and to cause the helth of your body and specyally of your soule.

At these reunions I had to play the part of host--to meet and entertain fat mercantile parvenus who were impossible by reason of their rudeness and braggadocio, colonels of various kinds, hungry authors, and journalistic hacks-- all of whom disported themselves in fashionable tailcoats and pale yellow gloves, and displayed such an aggregate of conceit and gasconade as would be unthinkable even in St.

Gaspilton, had always looked indulgently on the country as a place where people of irreproachable income and hospitable instincts cultivated tennis-lawns and rose-gardens and Jacobean pleasaunces, wherein selected gatherings of interested week-end guests might disport themselves.

Now it was in the cool of the evening two days after the Battle on the Ridge, that the men, both freemen and thralls, had been disporting themselves in the plain ground without the Burg in casting the spear and putting the stone, and running races a-foot and ahorseback, and now close on sunset three young men, two of the Laxings and one of the Shieldings, and a grey old thrall of that same House, were shooting a match with the bow, driving their shafts at a rushen roundel hung on a pole which the old thrall had dight.

I rather fancied that Cinderella might be disporting herself among them in some wonderful costume, but I saw no signs of her.

Besides, I had enough bread for months of joyful leisure, for cruising, beachcombing, getting happily plotzed with good friends, disporting with the trim little jolly sandy-rumped beach kittens, slaying gutsy denizens of the deep blue, and slipping the needle into every phony who happened into my path.

But she was the very image of Chickie, that co-ed girl I'd watched disporting years ago with the Beist-in-the-buckwheat!

Ye goon to Caunterbury, God yow speede- The blisful martir quite yow youre meede- And wel I woot, as ye goon by the weye, Ye shapen yow to talen and to pleye, For trewely, confort ne myrthe is noon To ride by the weye doumb as stoon, And therfore wol I maken yow disport, As I seyde erst, and doon yow som confort.