gym·​nast | \ ˈjim-ˌnast , -nəst\

Definition of gymnast

: a person trained in gymnastics

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Synonyms for gymnast


acrobat, turner

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Examples of gymnast in a Sentence

the years of training required to become a champion gymnast

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Ohashi is one of the last gymnasts to have bested Simone Biles in a major competition. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Just Went Viral," 15 Jan. 2019 Returning to the America's Got Talent stage to compete on the new Champions spinoff, the 17-year-old gymnast first made a name for herself on the show in 2016 for doing all sorts of dangerous acts while bending her body in super-human ways. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Does 'AGT' Star Sofie Dossi Have a Spine? An Investigation.," 7 Jan. 2019 Ironically, Karolyi was a harsh critic of the age limits, intended to protect young gymnasts. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "At last, gymnast vindicated for speaking out against abuse," 10 Mar. 2018 During Nassar's sentencing hearing, some victims complained that Geddert was physically abusive, created an ultra-competitive atmosphere, was indifferent to injuries and rarely offered gymnasts any choice to see a different doctor. CBS News, "Former Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert facing criminal investigation," 6 Feb. 2018 Former President Steve Penny quit last March after critics said the organization failed to protect gymnasts from abusive coaches and Nassar. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "15-Year-Old Abuse Victim Says She Is Still Being Billed For Medical Appointments With Larry Nassar," 23 Jan. 2018 As an Olympic gold medalist, gymnast Aly Raisman was the picture of strength and poise. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "What We Can Learn About Self-Care From Olympian and Advocate Aly Raisman," 12 Sep. 2018 Chellsie Memmel, class of 2006, a gymnast who competed on the bars and beam, was on the Olympic team from 2004 to 2008. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis Central athletic hall of fame dotted with surprisingly many Olympic, professional and national notables," 12 June 2018 The Texas Rangers are investigating, but the gymnasts say Texas hasn't executed search warrants or secured indictments, as some statutes of limitation loom. Fox News, "Nassar victims urge Texas to investigate Karolyis," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of gymnast

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gymnast

Middle French gymnaste, from Greek gymnastēs trainer, from gymnazein

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English Language Learners Definition of gymnast

: a person who performs various physical exercises on a mat or on special equipment as part of an athletic competition : a person who participates in the sport of gymnastics


gym·​nast | \ ˈjim-ˌnast , -nəst\

Kids Definition of gymnast

: a person who is skilled in gymnastics

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a servile follower or underling

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