able-bodied

adjective
able-bod·​ied | \ ˌā-bəl-ˈbä-dēd How to pronounce able-bodied (audio) \

Definition of able-bodied

: having a sound strong body

First Known Use of able-bodied

1600, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about able-bodied

Time Traveler for able-bodied

Time Traveler

The first known use of able-bodied was in 1600

See more words from the same year

Statistics for able-bodied

Cite this Entry

“Able-bodied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/able-bodied. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for able-bodied

able-bodied

adjective
How to pronounce able-bodied (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of able-bodied

: having a healthy and strong body : physically fit

able-bodied

adjective
able-bod·​ied | \ ˌā-bəl-ˈbä-dēd \

Kids Definition of able-bodied

: physically fit

More from Merriam-Webster on able-bodied

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for able-bodied

Nglish: Translation of able-bodied for Spanish Speakers

Comments on able-bodied

What made you want to look up able-bodied? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!