Definition of physique in English:



  • The form, size, and development of a person's body:

    ‘a sturdy, muscular physique’
    [mass noun] ‘they were much alike in physique’
    • ‘Cormier explained how his views on physique perfection were shaped by the ideal aesthetic physiques of the past.’
    • ‘The diet which builds up their titanic physiques also harms their health in the long term.’
    • ‘Try as we might, we can never ultimately build flawless physiques.’
    • ‘They are useful in the treatment of debilitated patients to help restore their physique.’
    • ‘It's extremely refreshing to read articles concerning issues about women and seeing women's developed physiques.’
    • ‘Of course, we know there is also a lot of expert evidence about average bodies and average physiques and techniques and the like, but there are weights.’
    • ‘By 1540, Henry had become fat and he had lost the muscular physique he had when he was younger.’
    • ‘These are the basic exercises that have been used to build championship physiques year after year.’
    • ‘The past weeks have been spent developing his physique and his technique.’
    • ‘So then, why is it that so many people just can't build impressive-looking physiques?’
    • ‘The men are nearly identical in height and size and possess strong, muscular physiques.’
    • ‘While this technical work was going on, Faldo was also developing his physique and his mind.’
    • ‘The heroic muscular physiques in the magazine caught young Brock's attention and fed his desire to work out.’
    • ‘A lot of people want to build their physiques right now!’
    • ‘Because of this, the people of these places have naturally developed different physiques, complexions, customs, clothing and food.’
    • ‘At least it provided an opportunity to note once more how admirably proportioned his huge physique is.’
    • ‘Furthermore, proportional physiques simply look better and bigger.’
    • ‘The physique is magnificent: muscles ripple beneath the diaphanous folds of the toga.’
    • ‘Had his career unfolded more smoothly he may not have developed the physique which will muscle him into Vogts' squad.’
    • ‘At the pinnacle of sport, elite athletes often do battle in equipment built to their individual physiques and needs.’
    body, build, figure, frame, anatomy, constitution, shape, form, proportions, body structure, physical structure, physical development, muscles, musculature, skeleton, flesh
    vital statistics, bod, carcass, chassis
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Early 19th century: from French, literally physical (used as a noun).