(used with a plural verb) the feats of an acrobat; gymnastics.
(used with a singular verb) the art or practice of acrobatic feats.
(used with a plural verb) something performed with remarkable agility and ease: the verbal acrobatics of a habitual liar.

Origin of acrobatics

First recorded in 1880–85; see origin at acrobatic, -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for acrobatics

tumbling, gymnastics, stunts, somersaults

Examples from the Web for acrobatics

Contemporary Examples of acrobatics

Historical Examples of acrobatics

  • The acrobatics which he performed with that defenceless consonant were marvelous.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • After the acrobatics came sleight-of-hand with cards and handkerchiefs.

    The Flying Death

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Noblemen playing at acrobatics were an easy subject for abuse.

  • I gave him a wild ride with lots of acrobatics: loops, rolls and spins.

  • After he has done that the student goes to Pau for his test in acrobatics.

    The A.E.F.

    Heywood Broun

British Dictionary definitions for acrobatics



(functioning as plural) the skills or feats of an acrobat
(functioning as singular) the art of an acrobat
(functioning as plural) any activity requiring agility and skillmental acrobatics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for acrobatics

1859, from acrobatic; also see -ics. Also acrobatism (1864). In early 20c. acrobacy (from French acrobacie) sometimes was used.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper