parkour

noun
par·kour | \pär-ˈku̇r, ˈpär-ˌku̇r\

Definition of parkour 

: the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing, or leaping rapidly and efficiently

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Dying Light 2, a sequel to my favorite zombie parkour game. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Biggest Surprises (and Missed Opportunities) of the E3 Press Conferences," 12 June 2018 Residents will be able to vote on their preferred uses in the coming months: Pitches so far include an amphitheater, a dog park and an adult exercise space with features for parkour — an activity a bit like running an obstacle course. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘They’re kind of mesmerizing’: These nine goats draw spectators while clearing an overgrown Maryland park," 25 May 2018 Lately, West’s free thought seems more akin to parkour: stunt after stunt after stunt, executed with high risk and speed at great heights. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "What do Donald Trump and Kanye West see in each other? The answer is clear.," 26 Apr. 2018 The title grants him enough parkour powers to run up the speechless invaders and lop their heads off. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Extinction review: Shadow of the colossal disappointment," 10 Apr. 2018 Dying Light’s loot system and parkour were already itching for a competitive mode, and Bad Blood makes good on the concept. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Dying Light: Bad Blood is more 'battle' than 'battle royale,' but it’s still a ton of fun," 27 Mar. 2018 The first-person parkour that contributed to Dying Light’s success is fully intact in Bad Blood, meaning players are constantly vaulting across rooftops, scaling walls, sliding under traps, and so on. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Dying Light: Bad Blood is more 'battle' than 'battle royale,' but it’s still a ton of fun," 27 Mar. 2018 This relentless action refuses to let Vikander catch her breath, always asking her to exude a hustle reminiscent of Daniel Craig’s exhausting-looking parkour in Casino Royale or Charlize Theron’s ass-whooping in Atomic Blonde. Jacob Oller, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Best 'Tomb Raider' Scene Isn't From the Games," 16 Mar. 2018 In 2017 alone, a man besides Berube got stuck while trying to enter a residence, another while trying to burglarize a business — and yet another, while doing parkour. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "‘Criminal Santa’ Gets Stuck in Chimney While Trying to Commit Burglary," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of parkour

2002, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parkour

French, alteration of parcours course, route, from Medieval Latin percursus, from Latin percurrere to run through, from per- + currere to run

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