- physically active and strong; good at athletics or sports: an athletic child.
- of, like, or befitting an athlete.
- of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina: athletic sports; athletic training.
- for athletics: an athletic field.
- Psychology. (of a physical type) having a sturdy build or well-proportioned body structure.Compare asthenic(def 2), pyknic(def 1).
Origin of athletic
Examples from the Web for athletic
With all due respect to his athletic skill, Gronkowski is not high on the list of NFL players that elicit carnal thoughts.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
He is an immensely talented quarterback who has dedicated his entire life to athletic excellence and discipline.Justin Bieber Isn’t Even 21, Yet Makes More Money Than Meryl Streep
November 25, 2014
The athletic community was putting pressure on him to say that he was pro-Olympics and pro-athletes.‘To Russia With Love’: Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?
October 29, 2014
Horace was athletic and clever, known, probably apocryphally, as the fastest cotton picker in Clay County.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Princess Charlene of Monaco, the athletic, South African bride of Prince Albert, is also with child.Princess Charlene's Monaco Nightmare
September 15, 2014
He was an athletic man, and the indolence of camp life did not suit him as it did Yates.In the Midst of Alarms
"Why, you've been made an honorary member of the athletic committee," Ned went on.Frank Roscoe's Secret
On their right and left pressed the men, an athletic, hearty, well-fed gang.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
It lacks the neatness, the athletic movement of Paine's English.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
You never were in the athletic set, and so it is possible that you don't.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- physically fit or strong; muscular or active
- of, relating to, or suitable for an athlete or for athletics
- of or relating to a person with a muscular and well-proportioned bodySee also somatotype
Word Origin and History for athletic
1630s (athletical is from 1590s), "pertaining to an athlete," from Latin athleticus, from Greek athletikos, from athletes (see athlete). Meaning "strong of body; vigorous; lusty; robust" [Johnson, who spells it athletick] is from 1650s.