athletic

[ ath-let-ik ]
/ æθˈlɛt ɪk /

adjective

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

1595–1605; < Latin āthlēticus < Greek āthlētikós. See athlete, -ic
Related forms

Pronunciation note

See athlete.
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British Dictionary definitions for athletic

athletic

/ (æθˈlɛtɪk) /

adjective

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
Derived Formsathletically, adverbathleticism, noun
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Word Origin and History for athletic

athletic


adj.

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.

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