ath·​let·​i·​cism ath-ˈle-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce athleticism (audio)
: athletic ability : the combination of qualities (such as speed, strength, and agility) that are characteristic of an athlete
These days they do standing backflips and other moves that require a high degree of athleticism—and endless practice.Cathy Booth Thomas

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Frank McGinnis highlighted their athleticism and versatility and credited them for supporting each other and the entire team. Trevor Hass,, 15 May 2023 Freeland is a linear mover who flashes plus athleticism in direct pathways to targets. Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2023 Stewart, at 6 feet 8 and 250 pounds, is neither, undersized for the center position and lacking the touch and athleticism to truly flourish in the paint. Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2023 There’s still development needed as a blocker, but the former high school quarterback is an efficient route runner with plenty of athleticism and speed for the position. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 The new rules are restoring to the game the faster pace, action and athleticism that once was commonplace. David Axelrod, CNN, 1 Apr. 2023 The Hurricanes spent much of the first half using their athleticism and aggressiveness to take control, both in scoring off the dribble and attacking the glass. Aaron Beard, Sun Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2023 Houston’s athleticism is equaled only by its furious effort. Joseph Goodman |, al, 19 Mar. 2023 While the schedule hasn’t been difficult, FAU does just about everything right, has a combination of athleticism and size and is as well coached as any team in the land. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of athleticism was circa 1835

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“Athleticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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