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[jim-nast, -nuh st] /ˈdʒɪm næst, -nəst/
a person trained and skilled in gymnastics.
Origin of gymnast
1585-95; < Greek gymnastḗs the trainer of the athletes, equivalent to gymnáz(ein) (see gymnasium1) + -tēs agent suffix
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nongymnast, noun Unabridged
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  • The strength of his arms was enormous, for he was a deep-chested man, and had been a gymnast.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • It was a feat that a gymnast would have accomplished with difficulty.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • It was not difficult for a gymnast to slide down the rope head foremost.

  • In addition to my training as contortionist I was being trained as gymnast.

    The Autobiography of a Clown Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • He has more the character of the gymnast than of the athlete.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for gymnast


a person who is skilled or trained in gymnastics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gymnast

1590s in the modern sense, a back-formation from gymnastic. Greek gymnastes was "a trainer of professional athletes."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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