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gymnast

[jim-nast, -nuh st]
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noun
  1. a person trained and skilled in gymnastics.
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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
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Examples from the Web for gymnast

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  • 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.

    Gladiator

    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

gymnast

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

n.

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

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