Definition of gym in English:

gym

noun

  • 1A gymnasium.

    • ‘He was quick for his size, could jump out of the gym, and loved to play defense.’
    • ‘It also has an Olympic-size swimming pool and indoor gyms with wrestling and judo mats, fencing strips and a boxing ring.’
    • ‘If he wants me to stay in the gym, I'll set up a cot and shoot free throws at two in the morning.’
    • ‘I was a kid who just found a gym or a ballfield or made a football game with the neighborhood kids.’
    • ‘Then my uncle, who used to box, sent me to a local boxing gym.’
    • ‘Still, every town, no matter how small or remote, needs a school; and every school has a field or a gym to play in.’
    • ‘Which isn't to say he always was tethered to a desk or running sprints in the gym.’
    • ‘He was told that Lauren was doing a gymnastics exercise in the school gym in March 1995 when she jumped from a springboard.’
    • ‘Basketball gyms were filled to capacity and newer and larger arenas were built to accommodate this increased interest.’
    • ‘Do you get a different enjoyment from going into a hostile gym and playing well?’
    • ‘Like me in the offseason, he was in the gym working on the things he needed to.’
    • ‘One player who walks into the gym and all her teammates are a little afraid of what she might do next.’
    • ‘The games sometimes are played in other gyms and arenas but still contain a special intensity that is hard to match.’
    • ‘Our kids have been traipsing around the city for three decades, using 25 different gyms for practice and nine different gyms for home games during that time.’
    • ‘Many of our games were held in cramped high school gyms and armories.’
    • ‘He needs games where you call your own fouls and are force-fed the creative and intuitive parts of the game that always flow better on hard courts and sweaty inner-city gyms.’
    • ‘How in the world could a school with such a dinky gym ever help a league with big-time aspirations?’
    • ‘Educators pushed the ‘community education’ concept which led to organized afterschool activities that opened even more gyms.’
    • ‘The dance's held in the gym, but the gym is so huge that you'll be stuck there forever cleaning up.’
    • ‘They had swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts and all that.’
    1. 1.1A place, typically a private club, providing a range of facilities designed to improve and maintain physical fitness and health.
      • ‘It's also his hard work in the gym and on the training field.’
      • ‘A recent survey showed that most U.S. gyms and health clubs now offer yoga classes, so skiers interested in exploring yoga should not have to go far for instruction.’
      • ‘In fact, most gyms and fitness clubs provide cards or sheets on which to record exercises, reps, sets, equipment weight and other details.’
      • ‘New gyms and private health clubs open up on a regular basis and local authorities have invested millions as the public take up the healthy option.’
      • ‘Your local gym or leisure centre may be able to arrange a body composition test.’
      • ‘His wallet contains membership cards to 3 different gyms / health clubs.’
      • ‘Residents have access to an exclusive gym and leisure centre.’
      • ‘People had more money to spend, so they joined gyms and leisure centres, making it unnecessary for the company to retain the physical exercise element of its classes.’
      • ‘Unlike conventional health clubs, prenatal gyms are often equipped with specially designed machines.’
      • ‘The review says that dry-sporting facilities such as fitness gyms are increasingly popular, while swimming has declined.’
      • ‘His day starts at 7am on the rowing machines found in most gyms for an hour's gruelling work.’
      • ‘One of the driving forces behind the changes has been the huge success of the Fitness Unlimited card, which allows customers access to all the gyms and swimming pools from £19.99 per month.’
      • ‘No longer an off-beat practice at some hidden-away studio, yoga has entered the mainstream at health clubs, gyms, spas and hotels.’
      • ‘More and more families workout together at the gym, and more gyms include some kind of short-term day care so parents can work out.’
      • ‘There is also a unique windsurf station, several state-of-the-art gyms, football and rugby pitches, an outdoor basketball court, and even a golf driving range.’
      • ‘Many gyms and health clubs are currently offering deals to try to attract new members.’
      • ‘Dozens of private gyms and health clubs have since sprung up for those who can afford it.’
      • ‘In some cases, council-run leisure facilities can cost as much as a third less than privately-owned health clubs and gyms.’
      • ‘The cruise had a swimming pool, restaurants, gyms, a minigolf course, self-contained rooms, a spa and a sauna.’
      • ‘The clothing will be sold directly to the customer through a network of fitness instructor-agents at gyms and health centres.’
  • 2[mass noun] Gymnastics.

    ‘I can't do gym today’
    • ‘But we both really like rock music and that helped me out no end, as I would often do a lot of gym work with some good music in the background.’
    • ‘The best thing that worked for my son was when he came to an adult open gym with me.’
    • ‘Playgroups, outings with friends, reading time, time on the computer, music groups and toddler gym.’
    • ‘That means gruelling daily gym sessions and regular ice time at Altrincham, where he is a junior coach.’
    • ‘Out in the field, with the hoe swung above her head, she jokes that it's a good as any gym workout.’
    • ‘She was glad to be in gym; it was the only class where she didn't have to think much about stuff she didn't want to think about.’
    • ‘These girls are likely to be introduced to new activities such as aerobics, swimming and gym training.’
    • ‘You only have an hour or so of gym time per week, so don't use it preaching, use it teaching.’
    • ‘I used to think gym and sport was absolutely the pits, because I had no idea about what to do in either of them.’
    • ‘The youngster loved animals, as well as horse riding, tennis, gym and swimming.’
    • ‘The people's custom likes go to the cinema, play football, gym and other sports activity.’
    • ‘My solution to this would be to make things like performing in gym optional or possibly not do it at all.’
    • ‘The players are also completing gym and net sessions before they leave for England next month.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

gym

/dʒɪm/