athletic [ath-let-ik] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. physically active and strong; good at athletics or sports: an athletic child.
  2. of, like, or befitting an athlete.
  3. of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina: athletic sports; athletic training.
  4. for athletics: an athletic field.
  5. Psychology. (of a physical type) having a sturdy build or well-proportioned body structure.Compare asthenic(def 2), pyknic(def 1).

Origin of athletic 1595–1605; Latin āthlēticus Greek āthlētikós. See athlete, -ic Related formsath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbath·let·i·cism [ath-let-uh-siz-uh m] /æθˈlɛt əˌsɪz əm/, nounnon·ath·let·ic, adjectivenon·ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-ath·let·ic, adjectivequa·si-ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ath·let·ic, adjectiveun·ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbPronunciation note See athlete. Examples from the Web for unathletic Contemporary Examples of unathletic

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  • Historical Examples of unathletic

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  • British Dictionary definitions for unathletic athletic adjective

    1. physically fit or strong; muscular or active
    2. of, relating to, or suitable for an athlete or for athletics
    3. of or relating to a person with a muscular and well-proportioned bodySee also somatotype

    Derived Formsathletically, adverbathleticism, noun Word Origin and History for unathletic athletic adj.

    1630s (athletical is from 1590s), “pertaining to an athlete,” from Latin athleticus, from Greek athletikos, from athletes (see athlete). Meaning “strong of body; vigorous; lusty; robust” [Johnson, who spells it athletick] is from 1650s.

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