Sports vocabulary with meaning
This post is an essential guide to the most important sports terminology. It is about general sports terms and definitions. (Sports words)
A person who plays sports
Sports in which people run, jump, or throw things to see who is the best.
Someone who plays a sport
A group of sportsmen who play together.
The leader of a team or group.
A coach is a person who teaches sports.
A person who controls a game.
A person who plays a sport for enjoyment, not as a job.
A person who plays a sport as a paid job.
A formal contest or game.
The act of kicking or hitting the ball into the goal; a point that is scored for this.
People who are watching a sporting event.
People who admire or enjoy watching a game like football. (Football fans)
People who support a player or a sports team. (Football supporters).
A number of goals or points each player or team has.
In most sports, a score of zero is called “nil”. However, in tennis and table tennis, it’s called “love”.
A score of 1:1, 2:2, 3:3, etc. is called “one all”, “two all”, “three all”, etc.
A prize, shaped like a bowl, usually made of gold or silver.
A piece of metal, usually round or shaped like a cross, given to someone who has won a game or contest.
A competition or game in which people compete.
The laws of a game or contest.
A sports competition. ( A tennis tournament)
A competitor that has defeated all others in a game or contest.
A prize, a payment, etc. given to someone in recognition of an achievement
Sports vocabulary with meaning: Verbs
To run or play sports so that you can be healthy.
To prepare for a sports event by exercising. (He’s training for the race.)
To take the initiative in a contest, game, etc. to attempt to score a goal or point.
To try to prevent your opponent from scoring a goal or point.
To show that you like someone or something. (The coach praised the player for scoring a brilliant goal.)
To continue or go on for an amount of time. (The football match lasted for about 2 hours.)
To gain or achieve a point or a goal in a game.
To be victorious or come first in a contest, a race, etc.
To fail to win a game, a contest, etc.
If you beat someone in a contest, a competition, a game, etc., you win.
To win a victory over a player or team in a competition or game.
To end a game or match with an equal result, so that no one wins.
To want a team, a player, a group, etc. to succeed/win.
To encourage a player or a team by shouting.
To take part in a competition or contest.
To give someone an award.
The referee whistles when the players break the game rules.
Sports vocabulary with meaning: Places where you play or do sports:
An area painted with lines for playing particular sports, especially football. (A football/hockey/cricket pitch)
The place where you play tennis.
Course (= golf course)
A large area of land where you can play golf.
A piece of land with special surfaces for people, cars, motorcycles, etc to have races on. ( a running track for example).
Pool (= swimming pool)
An area of water that has been designed for people to swim in.
An area of land that is part of a mountain where you can go skiing.
A square area on a platform, marked off by ropes, where boxers or wrestlers fight.
Rink (=ice rink or skating rink)
A specially prepared flat surface of ice where you can ice skate.
Sports vocabulary with meaning: Popular sports
- Table tennis
- Motor racing
- Ski sticks
- Running shoes
- Parallel bars
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