athletic

adjective ath·let·ic \ ath-ˈle-tik , nonstandard ˌa-thə-ˈle- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of athletic

1 : of or relating to athletes or athletics
  • an athletic scholarship
  • athletic teams
  • athletic events
2 a : characteristic of an athlete
  • athletic talent
  • a strong, athletic build
b : vigorous, active
  • an athletic lifestyle
c : active or gifted in sports, games, or exercises
  • He's not very athletic.
3 : used by athletes
  • athletic shoes/equipment
  • the school's athletic fields

athletically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

athleticism

play \-ˈle-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of athletic in a Sentence

  1. They each received an athletic scholarship to the school.

  2. Students can get discount tickets for all athletic events.

  3. His athletic career spanned three decades.

  4. She has great athletic ability.

  5. She's tall and has an athletic build.

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Origin and Etymology of athletic

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ATHLETIC Defined for English Language Learners

athletic

adjective

Definition of athletic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to athletes

  • : of or relating to sports, games, or exercises

  • : used by athletes : used during or for sports, games, or exercises


ATHLETIC Defined for Kids

athletic

adjective ath·let·ic \ ath-ˈle-tik \

Definition of athletic for Students

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of athletes or athletics
  • an athletic event
2 : used by athletes
  • athletic equipment
3 : active in sports or exercises
  • She's very athletic.
4 : strong and muscular
  • an athletic build

Medical Dictionary

athletic

adjective ath·let·ic \ ath-ˈlet-ik \

medical Definition of athletic

: characterized by heavy frame, large chest, and powerful muscular development : mesomorphic


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