burpee

noun
bur·​pee | \ ˈbər-pē How to pronounce burpee (audio) \
plural burpees

Definition of burpee

: a conditioning exercise in which a person squats, places the palms of the hands on the floor in front of the feet, jumps back into a push-up position, in some cases completes one push-up, returns to the squat position, and then jumps up into the air while extending the arms overhead The workouts mix up drills of common exercises like burpees, squats, jumping jacks, lunges and variations of push-ups.— Pablo Alcalá, Lexington (Kentucky) Herald Leader, 17 Jan. 2013

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First Known Use of burpee

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burpee

after Royal H. Burpee †1987 American physiologist

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“Burpee.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burpee. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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