EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective physically active and strong; good at athletics or sports: an athletic child. of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina: athletic sports; athletic training. Origin of athletic 1595–1605;
-ic Related forms ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverb ath·let·i·cism , [ath- let- uh-siz- uh m] /æθˈlɛt əˌsɪz əm/ noun non·ath·let·ic, adjective non·ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverb qua·si-ath·let·ic, adjective qua·si-ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverb un·ath·let·ic, adjective un·ath·let·i·cal·ly, adverb
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He has put the case for the
unathletic boy with convincing truth.
Cantelupe is forty,
unathletic, and a gentleman in the best and worst sense of the word. British Dictionary definitions for unathletic adjective physically fit or strong; muscular or active of, relating to, or suitable for an athlete or for athletics of or relating to a person with a muscular and well-proportioned body See also somatotype Derived Forms athletically, adverb athleticism, noun
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Word Origin and History for unathletic adj.
athletical is from 1590s), "pertaining to an athlete," from Latin athleticus, from Greek athletikos, from athletes (see athlete). Meaning "strong of body; vigorous; lusty; robust" [Johnson, who spells it athletick] is from 1650s.
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