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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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 That said, the former Bond girl no doubt still draws attention for her incredible physique and good looks. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "What Jane Seymour Does to Make 67 Look 47," 23 Feb. 2018 Cactus juice: First baseman Eric Thames, listed at 6-feet, 210 pounds, is known for his body-builder physique. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Camp report: Hanging out with WWE superstar Braun Strowman at Monday Night Raw," 20 Feb. 2018 Others divulge the secrets to their elite physiques. Maggie Lange, Bon Appetit, "All of the Quirky Food Facts We Learned About Team USA's Winter Olympians," 6 Feb. 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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