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[fi-zeek] /fɪˈzik/
physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development:
the physique of an athlete.
Origin of physique
1820-30; < French < Latin physicus. See physic
Can be confused
physic, physique. Unabridged
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  • The physique of the true fashionable is peculiar and characteristic.

  • Our workmen and soldiers are large in physique, but dwarfed of intellect.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • It was growing stronger and stronger, as my physique remained undeveloped.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • She was slight of figure and stronger of will than physique, but she did not feel the cold.

  • But that is all the more reason for trying to preserve our physique.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for physique


the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc
Word Origin
C19: via French, from physique (adj) natural, from Latin physicus physical
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Word Origin and History for physique

1826, from French physique, noun use of physique (adj.) "physical," from Latin physicus "natural, physics," from Greek physikos, from physis "nature" (see physic).

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physique in Medicine

physique phy·sique (fĭ-zēk')
The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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