- 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 athleticism
They are impressive animals, solitary hunters blessed with incredible power and athleticism.This Tiger Has Some Serious Ups
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2015
The very source of his tremendous talent and athleticism seemed to betray him.A Lesson From LeBron James’ Game One Nightmare
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 7, 2014
Whether in a vehicle or out of one, Christians should not make money from publicly competing in violent displays of athleticism.St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have
May 4, 2014
Among the giants of fantasy, athleticism, and history, is there any room for the every day hero?The Legend of Brown Dog: A Great American Hero Gets His Due
December 7, 2013
You mix that with the Jamaican athleticism and they thought it could work with some of our track athletes.
Athleticism is as jealous an accomplishment as any art you would acquire.
Fred had grown into a lout of a boy, whose only saving grace was athleticism.The Hall and the Grange
Athleticism, of which he knew nothing, filled him with admiration.The Sins of the Children
Athleticism in England is an asceticism, as much as the monastic rules.Twelve Types
Athleticism may be hopeless as a career, but as a drug it is invaluable.Success (Second Edition)
Max Aitken Beaverbrook
- 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 athleticism
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.