[ ak-ruh-bat-iks ]
/ ˌæk rəˈbæt ɪks /


(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

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British Dictionary definitions for acrobatics


/ (ˌækrəˈbætɪks) /


(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.

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