phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk How to pronounce physique (audio) \

Definition of physique

: the form or structure of a person's body : bodily makeup

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Examples of physique in a Sentence

she had a well-toned physique

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After Pierce walked on the field to warm up Tuesday, Harbaugh took one look at his bulging physique and deemed him unfit to participate. Childs Walker,, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ OTAs and minicamp," 14 June 2019 Still, fans on boxing websites and sports talk shows mocked Ruiz because of his physique. Deepti Hajela, The Denver Post, "Historic Andy Ruiz boxing win jolts elation among Mexican Americans," 5 June 2019 Tim shared photos from his adventures that show off his impressive catches as well as his physique. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Tim McGraw Just Showed Off His Abs in a Shirtless Beach Photo," 28 May 2019 His physique is statuesque: 6 foot 3, big shoulders, little joints, cover-model muscles. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Physics—and Physicality—of Extreme Juggling," 17 May 2018 Bugging entailed mockery among male students for any flaws, real or imagined, in one another’s physique, social skills, athletic performances or even names. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II," 22 Oct. 2018 Fitness is not about a certain look, size, or physique. SELF, "I'm a Personal Trainer but Here's Why You'll Never Hear Me Say 'New Year, New You'," 10 Jan. 2019 If Hernandez makes the quad, his tall lean physique will be a counterpoint to his fellow cheerleaders. Doug Maccash,, "Did male dancer Jesse make the Saintsations squad? We still don't know," 26 Apr. 2018 Bafounta certainly outstrips his teammates considerably with his physique, and looks more than ready to make the step up to first team football., "Everton & Inter Reportedly Lead Race to Ligue 1 Wonderkid Dubbed the 'Next Paul Pogba'," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of physique

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for physique

French, from physique physical, bodily, from Latin physicus of nature, from Greek physikos

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English Language Learners Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body


phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk How to pronounce physique (audio) \

Kids Definition of physique

: the size and shape of a person's body


phy·​sique | \ fə-ˈzēk How to pronounce physique (audio) \

Medical Definition of physique

: the form or structure of a person's body : bodily makeup a muscular physique

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