- a gymnasium.
- Informal. physical education.
Origin of gym
First recorded in 1870–75; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for gym
Hmm, who are these people standing in front of the machines at the gym, neither occupying them nor not occupying them?
The gym—a fragile collective of human ecology at the best of times—has suddenly become even more tense.
He belongs to a gym, he can afford to pay for that: he can shower, he can keep his belongings in a series of lockers there.This Fashion World Darling Is Homeless
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I stripped down to my gym shorts and stretched out on my cot.I Shot Bin Laden
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He went by the nickname Link at our gym for, like, a year, because of that.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
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The place smells—oh, let's see—about like the locker room in a gym.The Hated
All this, with some oil painting and free-fall workouts in the gym, passed the time.The Repairman
Gym work back in Annapolis stood in good stead at that moment.Peggy Stewart at School
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"The fellow who built this gym knew what he was doing," declared Steve approvingly.Left End Edwards
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Down the easy slope, from the top of the knoll where the gym.A Little Miss Nobody
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Word Origin and History for gym
short for gymnasium, attested from 1871, U.S. student slang.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper