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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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Noun1.sportiveness - lively high-spirited playfulness
playfulness, fun - a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; "her playfulness surprised me"; "he was fun to be with"


The state of being full of high-spirited fun:
References in classic literature ?
In the mere exercise of the fancy, however, and the sportiveness of a growing mind, there might be a little more than was observable in other children of bright faculties; except as Pearl, in the dearth of human playmates, was thrown more upon the visionary throng which she created.
"At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen, with all the sportiveness of infancy.
This playful inquiry was accompanied with another poke, and another, and then the old lord caught the parasol, and wouldn't give it up again, which induced the other lady to come to the rescue, and some very pretty sportiveness ensued.
An attempt of Dorothy to revive his former sportiveness was the single occasion on which his quiet demeanor yielded to a violent display of grief; he burst into passionate weeping, and ran and hid himself, for his heart had become so miserably sore that even the hand of kindness tortured it like fire.
Rather, it can be found in the absurd situation that was the epidemic dissemination of sport - or rather sportiveness - in the interwar mentality.
The police chief also praised the fitness challenge event, for raising the culture of health and sportiveness in the UAE community, and for providing innovative sporting activities all around the emirate.
In study, by using Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI) and Time Management Inventory (TMI) as a data collection tool, relation with some independent variables (age, sex, sport branch, age of sportiveness and being a national player) were handled.
Of course this falls flat in Italian, "la ciondolante campanula/di boe a campana," in which the hidden, Latin root of "bell" is no longer hidden, and the sportiveness undermined.