1. [syn: athlete, jock]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Athlete \Ath"lete\, n. [L. athleta, Gr. ? prizefighter, fr. ? to
contend for a prize, ?, Hom. ?, contest, ? prize; fr. the
same root as E. wed: cf. F. athl[`e]te.]
1. (Antiq.) One who contended for a prize in the public games
of ancient Greece or Rome.
2. Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great
physical agility and strength; one who has great activity
and strength; a champion.
3. One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as,
athletes of debate.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person trained to compete in sports [syn: athlete,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "athlete":
amateur athlete, archer, ballplayer, baseballer, baseman, batter,
battery, blocking back, bowman, catcher, center, coach, competitor,
cricketer, defensive lineman, end, footballer, games-player,
gamester, guard, infielder, jock, jumper, lineman,
offensive lineman, outfield, outfielder, player, poloist,
professional athlete, pugilist, quarterback, racer, skater, sport,
sportsman, tackle, tailback, toxophilite, wingback, wrestler