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1. Of or befitting athletics or athletes.
2. Characterized by or involving physical activity or exertion: an athletic lifestyle; an athletic child.
3. Physically strong and well-developed; muscular: an actor with an athletic build.

ath·let′i·cal·ly adv.
ath·let′i·cism (-lĕt′ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.


1. physically fit or strong; muscular or active
2. (Athletics (Track & Field)) of, relating to, or suitable for an athlete or for athletics
3. of or relating to a person with a muscular and well-proportioned body. See also somatotype
athˈletically adv
athˈleticism n


(æθˈlɛt ɪk)

1. physically active and strong; good at athletics or sports: an athletic child.
2. of, like, or befitting an athlete.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving athletes or their physical skills or capabilities.
4. for athletics: an athletic field; athletic shoes.
5. pertaining to or having a sturdy or well-proportioned physique; mesomorphic.
[1595–1605; < Latin < Greek]
ath•let′i•cal•ly, adv.
ath•let′i•cism (-əˌsɪz əm) n.
pron: See athlete.


1. 'athletics'

Athletics consists of sports such as running, the high jump, and the javelin.

He has retired from active athletics.

Athletics is an uncount noun. You use a singular form of a verb with it.

Athletics was developing rapidly.

Note that the American term for this is track and field.

She never competed in track and field.
2. 'athletic'

Athletic is an adjective. It can mean 'relating to athletics'.

...athletic trophies.

However, when you use athletic to describe a person, you mean that they are fit, healthy, and active. You do not mean that they take part in athletics.

...athletic young men.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.athletic - relating to or befitting athletics or athletesathletic - relating to or befitting athletics or athletes; "athletic facilities"
2.athletic - vigorously activeathletic - vigorously active; "an acrobatic dance"; "an athletic child"; "athletic playing"; "gymnastic exercises"
active - characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
3.athletic - having a sturdy and well proportioned bodyathletic - having a sturdy and well proportioned body; "an athletic build"
mesomorphic, muscular - having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer


2. sporting, games, sports, competitive They have been given scholarships purely on athletic ability.
plural noun
1. sports, games, races, exercises, contests, sporting events, gymnastics, track and field events, games of strength intercollegiate athletics

Athletic events

100 metres, 110 metres hurdles, 200 metres, 400 metres, 400 metres hurdles, 800 metres, 1500 metres, 3000 metres, 5000 metres, 10 000 metres, cross-country running, decathlon, discus, half marathon, hammer, heptathlon, high jump, javelin, long jump, marathon, orienteering, pentathlon, pole vault, relay, shot put, steeplechase, triathlon, triple jump, walking


Characterized by marked muscular development; powerfully built:
رياضيرِياضِيّقَوي البُنْيَه، مَفْتول العَضَلات
íòrótta-sterkur og stæltur
원기 왕성한
thuộc điền kinh


1. (Sport) [club, association, event] → de atletismo
2. (= sporty) [person, body] → atlético
he was tall, with an athletic buildera alto y atlético
B. CPD athletic sports NPLatletismo msing


[æθˈlɛtɪk] adj [person, frame] → athlétique


adjsportlich; (referring to athletics) buildathletisch


[æθˈlɛtɪk] adj (meeting) → di atletica, atletico/a; (person, muscular) → atletico/a; (sporty) → sportivo/a


(ˈӕθliːt) noun
a person who is good at sport, especially running, jumping etc. Hundreds of athletes took part in the games.
athˈletic (-ˈle-) adjective
1. of athletics. He is taking part in the athletic events.
2. good at athletics; strong and able to move easily and quickly. He looks very athletic.
athˈletics (-ˈle-) noun singular
the sports of running, jumping etc or competitions in these. Athletics was my favourite activity at school.


رِياضِيّ atletický atletisk athletisch αθλητικός atlético atleettinen athlétique atletski atletico 運動選手らしい 원기 왕성한 atletisch atletisk sportowy atlético легкоатлетический atletisk ในด้านกีฬา atletik thuộc điền kinh 运动的


adj atlético; — supporter suspensorio
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