hyperphysical

adjective

hy·​per·​phys·​i·​cal ˌhī-pər-ˈfi-zi-kəl How to pronounce hyperphysical (audio)
variants or hyper-physical
1
: characterized by unusually intense, frenetic, or demanding physical activity : extremely or excessively physical
… some boys really do seem to benefit from boxing and football and other hyper-physical activities …
2
: being beyond or more than the physical : independent of the physical or not being within its confines
… it could be classified strictly as a hyperphysical event, an ad hoc divine miracle, and thereby excluded from all physical accountability …Robert Westman
hyperphysically adverb
or hyper-physically

Examples of hyperphysical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What would really make Harbaugh smile, however, would be landing a hyperphysical cornerback like Porter Jr. to fluster AFC North receivers at the line of scrimmage. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2023 There’s certainly a junta-on-its-last-legs scent in the air, but Irizarry’s long dedication to this sort of hyperphysical work has more to do with its energetic vibrations and the contagious freedom imparted by his various Monster Heroes—His Onliness is a gonzo cousin to the Professor and Ubu. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of hyperphysical was in 1600

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“Hyperphysical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperphysical. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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