sportively


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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.
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Adv.1.sportively - in a merry sportive manner
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All the oarsmen are involved in its perilous contortions; so that to the timid eye of the landsman, they seem as Indian jugglers, with the deadliest snakes sportively festooning their limbs.
The last I see of the hardy little creatures they are taking a drink of water, side by side, and biting each other sportively in higher spirits than ever!
And the bull ran little races, and capered sportively around the child; so that she quite forgot how big and strong he was, and, from the gentleness and playfulness of his actions, soon came to consider him as innocent a creature as a pet lamb.
The gentle and innocent creature (for who could possibly doubt that he was so?) pranced round among the children as sportively as a kitten.
'We'll bring him in,' says Lady Tippins, sportively waving her green fan.
'I only know this much,' said Ferdinand, 'that he has given the Department with which I have the honour to be associated;' this sparkling young Barnacle threw off the phrase sportively, as who should say, We know all about these forms of speech, but we must keep it up, we must keep the game alive; 'no end of trouble, and has put us into innumerable fixes.'