- physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development: the physique of an athlete.
Origin of physique
Related Words for physiquehabit, body, figure, form, nature, frame, makeup, character, habitus, anatomy, shape, corpus, configuration, type, structure, constitution, built
Examples from the Web for physique
Contemporary Examples of physique
He exploited a physique that most would try desperately to diminish.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
And young men developed a sense for the age of a girl and her physique, purely from the way she walked.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
The other is a Jersey bruiser, with a (much-discussed) physique reminiscent of Tony Soprano after a doughnut bender.Squishes, Step Aside: Ted Cruz and Chris Christie’s Old-School Manliness
May 13, 2013
Slim trousers appeared to have been constructed of a kind of mesh, the tiny holes aerating the physique.Louis Vuitton, Chanel, McQueen Cap Paris Spring 2013 Fashion Week Shows
October 3, 2012
But they appear to be cut for the sort of woman who has the physique of a 12-year-old boy.Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2013 Paris Debut at Saint Laurent
October 1, 2012
Historical Examples of physique
The physique of the true fashionable is peculiar and characteristic.
Our workmen and soldiers are large in physique, but dwarfed of intellect.City of Endless Night
It was growing stronger and stronger, as my physique remained undeveloped.The Law-Breakers
She was slight of figure and stronger of will than physique, but she did not feel the cold.The Shadow of a Crime
Our physique is slowly rotting, and that is the plain truth of it.Another Sheaf
- the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc
Word Origin for physique
1826, from French physique, noun use of physique (adj.) "physical," from Latin physicus "natural, physics," from Greek physikos, from physis "nature" (see physic).
- The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.