gymnast

[jim-nast, -nuh st]

noun

a person trained and skilled in gymnastics.

Nearby words

  1. gymnanthous,
  2. gymnasia,
  3. gymnasiarch,
  4. gymnasiast,
  5. gymnasium,
  6. gymnastic,
  7. gymnastics,
  8. gymno-,
  9. gymnocarpous,
  10. gymnodinium

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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British Dictionary definitions for gymnast

gymnast

noun

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

gymnast

n.

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

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