Meaning of “athletic” in the English Dictionary

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"athletic" in British English

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uk /æθˈlet.ɪk/ us /æθˈlet̬.ɪk/

B2 strong, healthy, and good at sports:

She looks very athletic.

More examples

  • He had the lithe, athletic body of a ballet dancer.
  • athletic/sporting prowess
  • He's very attractive, if you like the blond athletic type.
  • He was a trim athletic figure with a narrow, youthful face.
  • The university is very proud of its athletic facilities.

(Definition of “athletic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"athletic" in American English

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us /æθˈlet̬·ɪk/

of or relating to sports:

an athletic competition

Athletic can also describe a person who is strong, healthy, and trained or skilled in sports or a particular sport:

Mia is strong, competitive, athletic, and still feminine.

(Definition of “athletic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)