Definition of physique in English:

physique

noun

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

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

Early 19th century: from French, literally ‘physical’ (used as a noun).

Pronunciation

physique

/fɪˈziːk/