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athletic

[ ath-let-ik ]
/ æθˈlɛt ɪk /
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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).

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Origin of athletic

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin āthlēticus, from Greek āthlētikós; see athlete, -ic

pronunciation note for athletic

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 forms of athletic

athletically, adverbathleticism, noun
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