Festive vs Sportive - What's the difference?
Festive is a synonym of sportive.
As adjectives the difference between festive and sportive
is that festive
is having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration while sportive
is gay; frolicsome; merry.
As a noun sportive is
Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration.
In the mood to celebrate.
- The room was decked out in festive streamers, with flowers everywhere.
- Please put the Christmas decorations away, I'm really not in a festive mood.
gay; frolicsome; merry
Interested in sport.
Sporty, good at sport.
- Is it I / That drive thee from the sportive court? — Shakespeare.
* 2012 , July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited,
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