body·​build·​ing ˈbä-dē-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio)
: the developing of the body through exercise and diet
specifically : the developing of the physique for competitive exhibition
bodybuilder noun

Examples of bodybuilding in a Sentence

She's been doing competitive bodybuilding for a few years now.
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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bodybuilding was in 1884

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“Bodybuilding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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body·​build·​ing ˈbäd-ē-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio)
: the developing of the body through exercise and diet

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