non·​ath·​lete ˌnän-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce nonathlete (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˈa-thə-ˌlēt
: a person who is not an athlete
an obstacle course too demanding for a nonathlete
ˌnän-ath-ˈle-tik How to pronounce nonathlete (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˌa-thə-ˈle-
nonathletic interests/activities

Examples of nonathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in a small but intriguing 2015 study, physician Helmuth Haslacher and his colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria compared the mental health and genomes of 55 elderly marathon runners and endurance bicyclists with those of 58 nonathletes. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2017 This is not the first such test for Ms. Goldschmidt, 47, who is the first nonathlete to run U.S. Ski & Snowboard in at least a quarter-century. Dan Fitzpatrick, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2022 Then, by scanning obituaries and old yearbooks, the researchers narrowed the group to 300 athletes who played contact sports and 450 nonathletes. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, 3 July 2019 But even at schools where athletics is a loss leader and in sports that don’t draw many paying customers, competitors ought to be able to take advantage of whatever market value their skills might have, just as student nonathletes do. Eric Zorn,, 29 Oct. 2019 Salazar is arguably the most famous nonathlete ever to receive a doping sanction. David Epstein, ProPublica, 1 Oct. 2019 Nine percent of athletes had evidence of CTE, compared with just over 3% of nonathletes. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, 3 July 2019 The program also welcomes nonathletes and even adults, because the universal lessons of mindfulness, focus and resilience apply to everyone. René A. Guzman,, 13 June 2019 The tests gave me, a nonathlete, a taste of what the elite crew teams at my school must have experienced: the glory of beyond-regional success, along with the more enduring satisfaction of having been in it together. Caitlin MacY, WSJ, 22 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonathlete was in 1885

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“Nonathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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