[ wurk-out ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌaʊt /


a trial or practice session in athletics, as in running, boxing, or football.
a structured regime of physical exercise: She goes to the gym for a workout twice a week.
any trial or practice session.
an act or instance of working something out.

Origin of workout

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase work out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for workout



1909, "boxing bout for practice," from work + out. General sense of "spell of strenuous physical exercise" is attested by 1922. Verbal phrase work out "solve" (a problem, etc.) is from c.1600. Sense of "succeed" attested by 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper