unathletic

adjective
un·​ath·​let·​ic | \ ˌən-ath-ˈle-tik How to pronounce unathletic (audio) , ÷-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 unathletically (audio) , ÷-​ˌa-​thə-​ˈle-​ \ adverb
unathleticism \ ˌən-​ath-​ˈle-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce unathleticism (audio) , ÷-​ˌa-​thə-​ˈle-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Without Garrett or Vernon, Arizona also knew Cleveland was unathletic at defensive end and exploited it. cleveland, "The case for Browns coach Kevin Stefanski bringing Steve Wilks back; and the case for why Wilks could be let go -- Film review," 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, "David Stern, commissioner who built NBA into global sports phenomenon, dies at 77," 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, "Detroit Lions QB David Blough's secret to success? 'He was confident all week'," 28 Nov. 2019 Some guys are too small, too wimpy, too old, too unathletic. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Fuse already lit to blow up another great A’s team," 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, "Could a young Nick Saban play for Alabama in 2019? Players, coaches have opinions," 6 Aug. 2019 Even with my unathletic routine, the Exercise Dress made for an incredible addition to my routine. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "You Need This: I Don't Really Exercise, But I Love Outdoor Voices' Exercise Dress," 27 June 2018 This unathletic 5-foot-6 inch guy isn’t going to be playing a lot of pro sports and never did. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik Discusses How He Turned Around a Struggling Franchise," 8 May 2018 That an 11 seed from the Missouri Valley Conference with players deemed too small, too slow, too unathletic, too something by college basketball’s big brothers can march through March, making one last-second shot after another. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Enjoy Loyola Chicago, because the NCAA is trying to kill off Cinderella," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unathletic

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Unathletic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unathletic. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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