fartlek

[ fahrt-lek ]
/ ˈfɑrt lɛk /

noun

a training technique, used especially among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity.

Nearby words

  1. farthermost,
  2. farthest,
  3. farthing,
  4. farthingale,
  5. farthingale chair,
  6. faruk i,
  7. fas,
  8. fasb,
  9. fasces,
  10. fasching

Origin of fartlek

1950–55; < Swedish fart speed + lek play

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British Dictionary definitions for fartlek

fartlek

/ (ˈfɑːtlɛk) /

noun

sport another name for interval training

Word Origin for fartlek

Swedish, literally: speed play

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Word Origin and History for fartlek

fartlek

n.

1952, Swedish, from fart "speed" (cf. Old Norse fara "to go, move;" see fare (v.)) + lek "play" (cf. Old Norse leika "play;" see lark (v.)).

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