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  1. 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. 2018

Related Words for gymnastic

athletics, PE, calisthenics, gymnastic

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Contemporary Examples of gymnastic

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Historical Examples of gymnastic

British Dictionary definitions for gymnastic


  1. 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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