a gymnasium.
Informal. physical education.

Origin of gym

First recorded in 1870–75; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gym

Contemporary Examples of gym

Historical Examples of gym

  • The place smells—oh, let's see—about like the locker room in a gym.

    The Hated

    Frederik Pohl

  • All this, with some oil painting and free-fall workouts in the gym, passed the time.

    The Repairman

    Harry Harrison

  • Gym work back in Annapolis stood in good stead at that moment.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • "The fellow who built this gym knew what he was doing," declared Steve approvingly.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Down the easy slope, from the top of the knoll where the gym.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe

British Dictionary definitions for gym


noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for gym

short for gymnasium, attested from 1871, U.S. student slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper