athletic supporter


plural athletic supporters
: a supporter (as of elasticized fabric) for the genitals worn by men participating in sports or strenuous activities

Examples of athletic supporter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under your theory, male athletes would be required to wear sports bras and tampons/napkins and female athletes would have to wear athletic supporters and cups. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2020 The pitch that was a strike, a foul tip actually, caroming straight off the athletic supporter of catcher Gary Sanchez. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2017 This new athletic supporter ranges in size from XXS to XL and is specifically designed for women who have undergone single or bilateral mastectomy. Rozalynn S. Frazier,, 9 Oct. 2017 But anyone who thinks said protection is adequate in the case of a direct hit is welcome to put on an athletic supporter and have friends throw baseballs at his groin. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of athletic supporter was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Athletic supporter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

athletic supporter

: an elastic pouch to support the male genitals worn especially while playing sports

Medical Definition

athletic supporter

: a supporter for the genitals worn by boys and men participating in sports or strenuous activities

called also jockstrap

see cup entry 1 sense 3a(1)
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