Definition of athletic in English:


Syllabification: ath·let·ic
Pronunciation: /aTHˈletik


  • 1 [attributive] Of or 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.
    sporting, sports; Olympic



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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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.


Pronunciation: /-ˌsizəm/
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  • 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.


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

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