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[jim] /dʒɪm/
a gymnasium.
Informal. physical education.
Origin of gym
First recorded in 1870-75; by shortening Unabridged
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  • The place smells—oh, let's see—about like the locker room in a gym.

    The Hated Frederik Pohl
  • All this, with some oil painting and free-fall workouts in the gym, passed the time.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
  • gym work back in Annapolis stood in good stead at that moment.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • "The fellow who built this gym knew what he was doing," declared Steve approvingly.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Down the easy slope, from the top of the knoll where the gym.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for gym


noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gym

short for gymnasium, attested from 1871, U.S. student slang.

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