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burpee Line breaks: bur¦pee
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːpiː/

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Definition of burpee in English:


A physical exercise consisting of a squat thrust made from and ending in a standing position.
Example sentences
  • When doing pushups or squatthrusts or burpees, try to push the ends of your fingers into the floor, as if trying to get a grip on a basketball.
  • In an hour, Bryant and her postnatal clients do jumping jacks, running, burpees, sit-ups and anything else to bounce back.
  • Level surfaces for pushups, burpees and crunches are also abundant.


1930s: named after Royal H. Burpee, American psychologist. The original usage was Burpee test, in which a series of burpees are executed in rapid succession, designed to measure agility and coordination.

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