athletic

[ath-let-ik]
adjective
  1. physically active and strong; good at athletics or sports: an athletic child.
  2. of, like, or befitting an athlete.
  3. of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina: athletic sports; athletic training.
  4. for athletics: an athletic field.
  5. 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 formsath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbath·let·i·cism [ath-let-uh-siz-uh m] /æθˈlɛt əˌsɪz əm/, nounnon·ath·let·ic, adjectivenon·ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-ath·let·ic, adjectivequa·si-ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ath·let·ic, adjectiveun·ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverb

Pronunciation note

See athlete.
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Examples from the Web for athletically

Contemporary Examples of athletically

Historical Examples of athletically

  • "The Cenci" is austere; for Shelley, it is athletically economical.

    The Critical Game

    John Albert Macy

  • Nothing could have been finer, athletically considered, than his attitude at this moment of the trader's speculative observation.

    The Frontiersmen

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • The carefully groomed, athletically muscled younger man in the big wicker lounging-chair laughed easily.

    The Real Man

    Francis Lynde

  • He was a general favourite, and, though not athletically inclined, was always ready to assist in acting cox or kindred work.

  • Then, of course, there is the young person who is athletically inclined, and insists on wearing sport clothes on all occasions.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2

    Lillian Eichler Watson


British Dictionary definitions for athletically

athletic

adjective
  1. physically fit or strong; muscular or active
  2. of, relating to, or suitable for an athlete or for athletics
  3. 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 athletically

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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