noun \ˈa-krə-ˌbat\

: someone who entertains people (as at a circus) by performing difficult and often dangerous acts (such as swinging from a bar or walking on a rope high in the air)

Full Definition of ACROBAT

:  one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body
a :  one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterity
b :  one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint <a political acrobat>
ac·ro·bat·ic \ˌa-krə-ˈba-tik\ adjective
ac·ro·bat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ACROBAT

  1. <a child who is a natural acrobat with a superb sense of balance>
  2. <a political acrobat whose opinion on any issue is whatever will get the most votes>

Origin of ACROBAT

French & Greek; French acrobate, from Greek akrobatēs, from akr- acr- + bainein to go — more at come
First Known Use: 1825

Other Gymnastics Terms

aerial, pike


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