Adjective "athletic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Physically strong, fit, and active.
  1. 'Darling, if you are a fit thirty-year-old, a sleeveless vest will indeed make you look sporty and athletic.'
  2. 'In the film, Harris is an athletic coal miner determined to play professional rugby.'
  3. 'He was a short man, less than five feet tall, but in his young days he was physically strong and athletic.'
  4. 'Her body, once the robust athletic image of health, now requires a machine to keep it alive.'
  5. 'But he is a strong swimmer with an athletic build, and he eventually manages to save himself.'
  6. 'They may be the stronger sex, powerful and athletic and all that, but men are as supple as steel girders.'
  7. 'He was a slim and athletic young man in his mid-twenties with a copper tan.'
  8. 'This must have been quite an achievement on a rope ladder and, to the best of my knowledge, he was not a very strong or athletic person.'
  9. 'As his athletic bulk has turned to flab, he is now seen as a danger only to fellow-users of public transport.'
  10. 'They're athletic, quick, strong, aggressive guys and they're always improving.'
Relating to athletes or athletics.
  1. 'an athletic club'
  2. 'Sports physiologists know that athletic ability does not deteriorate nearly as rapidly as was once thought.'
  3. 'The cold was no match for these paragons of athletic prowess and goodwill.'
  4. 'Brian is a member of the Newcastle athletic club and the long jump is his specialist field.'
  5. 'Together they have kept Tinryland athletic club to the forefront of national athletics.'
  6. 'We take this opportunity to thank them for their many hours of hard work and commitment to the athletic club.'
  7. 'Eight years later Tokyo was host to one of the greatest athletic battles in recent history.'
  8. 'Many people think of sports medicine as merely the treatment of athletic injuries.'
  9. 'Many people stretch before or after engaging in athletic activity.'
  10. 'For competitions, archers will wear white shirts, white pants and white athletic shoes.'
  11. 'Her athletic prowess was demonstrated in the numerous track and field trophies she won.'


1. physically active and strong; good at athletics or sports: an athletic child.

2. of, like, or befitting an athlete.

3. of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina: athletic sports; athletic training.

4. for athletics: an athletic field.

5. Psychology. (of a physical type) having a sturdy build or well-proportioned body structure.Compare asthenic (def 2), pyknic (def 1).

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be athletic at parks."

"people can be athletic versus cities."

"people can be athletic to people."

"people can be athletic in ways."

"people can be athletic in teenses."

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Mid 17th century: from French athlétique or Latin athleticus, from Greek athlētikos, from athlētēs (see athlete).