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spor·tive

 (spôr′tĭv)
adj.
1. Playful; frolicsome.
2. Relating to or interested in sports.
3. Archaic Amorous or wanton.

spor′tive·ly adv.
spor′tive·ness n.

sportive

(ˈspɔːtɪv)
adj
1. playful or joyous
2. done in jest rather than seriously
3. (General Sporting Terms) of, relating to, or interested in sports
4. obsolete wanton or amorous: a sportive wench.
ˈsportively adv
ˈsportiveness n

spor•tive

(ˈspɔr tɪv, ˈspoʊr-)

adj.
1. playful; frolicsome.
2. pertaining to or of the nature of a sport or sports.
3. ardent; wanton.
[1580–90]
spor′tive•ly, adv.
spor′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sportive - relating to or interested in sports
2.sportive - given to merry frolicking; "frolicsome students celebrated their graduation with parties and practical jokes"
playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"

sportive

adjective
Full of high-spirited fun:
Translations

sportive

[ˈspɔːtɪv] ADJjuguetón

sportive

adj, sportively
adv (liter)fidel, launig (liter)
References in classic literature ?
the daughters of Hecaterus) were born the divine mountain Nymphs and the tribe of worthless, helpless Satyrs, and the divine Curetes, sportive dancers.
Georgiana had the highest opinion in the world of Elizabeth; though at first she often listened with an astonishment bordering on alarm at her lively, sportive, manner of talking to her brother.
And then what a happiness would it have been could Hester Prynne have heard her clear, bird-like voice mingling with the uproar of other childish voices, and have distinguished and unravelled her own darling's tones, amid all the entangled outcry of a group of sportive children.
For instance, it says that one may have many, many fancies, my Barbara--that as soon as the spring comes on, one's thoughts become uniformly pleasant and sportive and witty, for the reason that, at that season, the mind inclines readily to tenderness, and the world takes on a more roseate hue.
The poor fellow stood for a moment, bewildered and aghast, then dropping his traps, wheeled and made off at full speed, quickened by a sportive volley which the Indians rattled after him.
He cast a glance of tenderness and admiration into the interior of the precious pouch, readjusted his toilet, rubbed up his boots, dusted his poor half sleeves, all gray with ashes, whistled an air, indulged in a sportive pirouette, looked about to see whether there were not something more in the cell to take, gathered up here and there on the furnace some amulet in glass which might serve to bestow, in the guise of a trinket, on Isabeau la Thierrye, finally pushed open the door which his brother had left unfastened, as a last indulgence, and which he, in his turn, left open as a last piece of malice, and descended the circular staircase, skipping like a bird.
The duke had a majordomo of a very facetious and sportive turn, and he it was that played the part of Merlin, made all the arrangements for the late adventure, composed the verses, and got a page to represent Dulcinea; and now, with the assistance of his master and mistress, he got up another of the drollest and strangest contrivances that can be imagined.
She seldom ran--it did not suit her style, she thought, for being tall, the stately and Junoesque was more appropriate than the sportive or piquante.
Arch, volatile, a sportive bird, By social glee inspired; Ambitious to be seen or heard, And pleased to be admired
I remember how I, invariably so taciturn, suddenly fastened upon Zverkov, when one day talking at a leisure moment with his schoolfellows of his future relations with the fair sex, and growing as sportive as a puppy in the sun, he all at once declared that he would not leave a single village girl on his estate unnoticed, that that was his droit de seigneur, and that if the peasants dared to protest he would have them all flogged and double the tax on them, the bearded rascals.
She did -- almost always -- believe that Henry loved her, and quite always that his father and sister loved and even wished her to belong to them; and believing so far, her doubts and anxieties were merely sportive irritations.
To work this sportive vein still further, Mr Brass, by his counsel, moved in arrest of judgment that he had been led to criminate himself, by assurances of safety and promises of pardon, and claimed the leniency which the law extends to such confiding natures as are thus deluded.