of or relating to physical exercises that develop and demonstrate strength, balance, and agility, especially such exercises performed mostly on special equipment.

Also gym·nas·ti·cal.

Origin of gymnastic

1565–75; < Middle French gymnastique < Latin gymnasticus < Greek gymnastikós, equivalent to gymnáz(ein) (see gymnasium1) + -tikos -tic
Related formsgym·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·gym·nas·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gymnastic

athletics, PE, calisthenics, gymnastic

Examples from the Web for gymnastic

Contemporary Examples of gymnastic

  • Check out this compilation of gymnastic wipeouts from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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Historical Examples of gymnastic

  • To remove this should be the primary object in gymnastic training.

  • The works he has left on Gymnastic and Music are of such character.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • What time shall we allow for this second gymnastic training of the soul?

  • The education which was assigned to the men was music and gymnastic.

  • Then women must be taught music and gymnastic and also the art of war, which they must practise like the men?

British Dictionary definitions for gymnastic



of, relating to, like, or involving gymnastics
Derived Formsgymnastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gymnastic

1570s, from Latin gymnasticus, from Greek gynmastikos "fond of or skilled in bodily exercise," from gymnazein "to exercise or train" (see gymnasium).

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