[jim-nast, -nuh st]


a person trained and skilled in gymnastics.

Origin of gymnast

1585–95; < Greek gymnastḗs the trainer of the athletes, equivalent to gymnáz(ein) (see gymnasium1) + -tēs agent suffix
Related formsnon·gym·nast, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gymnast

acrobat, tumbler, jumper

Examples from the Web for gymnast

Contemporary Examples of gymnast

Historical Examples of gymnast

  • The strength of his arms was enormous, for he was a deep-chested man, and had been a gymnast.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • It was a feat that a gymnast would have accomplished with difficulty.


    Philip Wylie

  • It was not difficult for a gymnast to slide down the rope head foremost.

  • In addition to my training as contortionist I was being trained as gymnast.

    The Autobiography of a Clown

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson

  • He has more the character of the gymnast than of the athlete.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

British Dictionary definitions for gymnast



a person who is skilled or trained in gymnastics
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Word Origin and History for gymnast

1590s in the modern sense, a back-formation from gymnastic. Greek gymnastes was "a trainer of professional athletes."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper