Definition of athletic in English:

athletic

Line breaks: ath|let¦ic
Pronunciation: /aθˈlɛtɪk
 
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adjective

1Physically strong, fit, and active: big, muscular, athletic boys
More example sentences
  • He was a short man, less than five feet tall, but in his young days he was physically strong and athletic.
  • Their gracefulness and expressiveness hid the fact that they were also very athletic and strong.
  • They're athletic, quick, strong, aggressive guys and they're always improving.
Synonyms
muscular, muscly, sturdy, strapping, well built, powerfully built, strong, powerful, robust, able-bodied, vigorous, hardy, lusty, hearty, hale and hearty, brawny, burly, broad-shouldered, thickset, Herculean; fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle, as fit as a flea, in good shape, in good trim, in trim, in tip-top condition, aerobicized, healthy, in good health, bursting with health, in fine fettle, as strong as an ox, as strong as a horse, as strong as a lion; Britishin rude health
informal sporty, husky, hunky, beefy, ripped, shredded
North American informal buff
US informal jacked
dated stalwart
literary thewy, stark
technical mesomorphic
2 [attributive] British Relating to athletes or athletics: athletic events an athletic club
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  • Brian is a member of the Newcastle athletic club and the long jump is his specialist field.
  • Sports physiologists know that athletic ability does not deteriorate nearly as rapidly as was once thought.
  • Eight years later Tokyo was host to one of the greatest athletic battles in recent history.
Synonyms
sporting, sports, games, gymnastic; competitive

Origin

mid 17th century: from French athlétique or Latin athleticus, from Greek athlētikos, from athlētēs (see athlete).

Derivatives

athletically

adverb
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  • A decade later and the sport is not only more athletically demanding, but there is clearly a younger breed of competitor more willing to challenge established methods.
  • Tyler has applied himself both academically and athletically.
  • Phillips has taken up the challenge to develop a higher level of interest among the more athletically inclined students.

athleticism

Pronunciation: /-ˈlɛtɪsɪz(ə)m/
noun
More example sentences
  • He will be asked to use quickness and athleticism rather than strength and power.
  • Fitness comes with practice and rigorous training, the very aspect of athleticism that we seem to abhor.
  • It is possible to admire her amazing grace and athleticism, yet still be somewhat unnerved by the slightness of her frame.

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