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Is going to the gym a sport?

Going to the “gym” can be a sport if you make it one. It doesn’t have to be a sport though. In many cases, the word gym is used for the actual sport, as in strongman competitions and Crossfit classes.


sport / spɔːt / noun: sport; plural noun: sports

  1. an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. “team sports such as soccer and rugby” synonyms: (competitive) game(s), physical recreation, physical activity, physical exercise; pastime “he takes part in a variety of sports”
    • BRITISH an occasion on which people compete in various athletic activities. “I won the 200 metres in the school sports”
    • success or pleasure derived from an activity such as hunting or fishing. “I have heard there is good sport to be had in Buttermere”
    • DATED entertainment; fun. “it was considered great sport to catch him out”
    • ARCHAICa source of amusement or entertainment. “I do not wish to show myself the sport of a man like Wildeve”
  2. INFORMAL a person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation. “go on, be a sport!”
    • AUSTRALIAN/NZ used as a friendly form of address, especially between men who do not know each other. “hold on, sport!”
  3. BIOLOGY an animal or plant showing abnormal or striking variation from the parent type, especially in form or colour, as a result of spontaneous mutation.

vverb: sport; 3rd person present: sports; past tense: sported; past participle: sported; gerund or present participle: sporting

  1. wear or display (a distinctive item). “he was sporting a huge handlebar moustache” synonyms: wear, display, exhibit, have on show, show off, flourish, parade, flaunt “he sported a gardenia in his buttonhole”
  2. play in a lively, energetic way. “the children sported in the water” synonyms: play, have fun, amuse oneself, entertain oneself, enjoy oneself, divert oneself, frolic, gambol, frisk, romp, cavort, caper; More

Phrases in sport

for fun. “I have assumed the name was given more or less in sport”make sport of
make fun of. “the owls made sport of us—they called from all directions” the sport of kings
horse racing. Origin

late Middle English (in the sense ‘pastime, entertainment’): shortening of disport. Translate sport to Afrikaans Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Bangla Basque Belarusian Bosnian Bulgarian Burmese Catalan Cebuano Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Croatian Czech Danish Dutch Esperanto Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Gujarati Haitian Creole Hausa Hawaiian Hebrew Hindi Hmong Hungarian Icelandic Igbo Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Javanese Kannada Kazakh Khmer Korean Kurdish Kyrgyz Lao Latin Latvian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Macedonian Malagasy Malay Malayalam Maltese Maori Marathi Mongolian Nepali Norwegian Nyanja Pashto Persian Polish Portuguese Punjabi Romanian Russian Samoan Scottish Gaelic Serbian Shona Sindhi Sinhala Slovak Slovenian Somali Southern Sotho Spanish Sundanese Swahili Swedish Tajik Tamil Telugu Thai Turkish Ukrainian Urdu Uzbek Vietnamese Welsh Western Frisian Xhosa Yiddish Yoruba Zulu

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