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

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 At a shirts-and-skins game of gladiator, while another character laments the cruelty of forcing all the unathletic students to be skins, Rowley is off to the side, playfully manipulating his fat folds. Julian Towers, The New Yorker, 26 Jan. 2022 Frontal plan movement helps build and maintain your overall athleticism, and athletic runners are less injury prone than unathletic runners. Jay Johnson, Outside Online, 16 Feb. 2021 European Christians considered Jews effeminate owing to their circumcisions, deeming them a studious, unathletic, hemorrhoidal people unable to gallop through Palestine bedecked in armor and spearing unbelievers. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Instead of age, the issue is how unathletic the Heat have become. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 28 May 2021 Any unathletic person from an athletic family has spent a lot of time underneath bleachers wondering why they were born. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, 7 July 2021 Complicating matters, the stereotype that Asian Americans are unathletic is reflected in statistics. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 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 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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