Definition of athletic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//æθˈletɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//æθˈletɪk//
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  1. 1physically strong, fit and active an athletic figure/build a tall, slim athletic girl See related entries: Exercise
  2. 2[only before noun] (British English) connected with sports such as running, jumping and throwing (= athletics) an athletic club/coach
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French athlétique or Latin athleticus, from Greek athlētikos, from athlētēs, from athlein ‘compete for a prize’, from athlon ‘prize’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: athletic