or bod·y-build·ing, bod·y build·ing



the act or practice of exercising, lifting weights, etc., so as to develop the muscles of the body.

Origin of bodybuilding

1900–05; from the verb phrase build (up one's) body; see -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for body building

body building


the practice of performing regular exercises designed to make the muscles of the body conspicuous
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