un·​ath·​let·​ic | \ ˌən-ath-ˈle-tik How to pronounce unathletic (audio) , nonstandard -ˌa-thə-ˈle- \

Definition of unathletic

: lacking the qualities (such as agility or muscular strength) characteristic of an athlete : not athletic an unathletic physique

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Other Words from unathletic

unathletically \ ˌən-​ath-​ˈle-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unathletic (audio) , nonstandard  -​ˌa-​thə-​ˈle-​ \ adverb
unathleticism \ ˌən-​ath-​ˈle-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce unathletic (audio) , nonstandard  -​ˌa-​thə-​ˈle-​ \ noun

Examples of unathletic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miami’s Greg Rousseau reportedly looked unathletic, and heavy at his Pro Day, especially compared to fellow Hurricane pass rusher Jaelen Phillips, another first-round option. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Some scouts wonder if Hayes is too slow and unathletic to be much more than a serviceable rotation player. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 2 Oct. 2020 Without Garrett or Vernon, Arizona also knew Cleveland was unathletic at defensive end and exploited it. cleveland, 17 Jan. 2020 In a league of tall, sleek athletes capable of performing seemingly superhuman feats on the basketball court, the unathletic, 5-foot-9 Mr. Stern was unquestionably the most dominant figure in the NBA. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2020 Blough, at 6-foot, was too small and unathletic to get scholarship offers, even from smaller schools in his native Texas. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2019 Some guys are too small, too wimpy, too old, too unathletic. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 5 Oct. 2019 Interviewed before Saban’s hip injury and subsequent replacement surgery, McKinney said Saban never looks unathletic jogging around the practice field. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2019 Even with my unathletic routine, the Exercise Dress made for an incredible addition to my routine. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of unathletic

1759, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2021

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“Unathletic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unathletic. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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