One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his shirt did not hide his athletic physique’
muscular, muscly, sturdy, strapping, well built, powerfully built, strong, powerful, robust, able-bodied, vigorous, hardy, lusty, hearty, hale and hearty, brawny, burly, broad-shouldered, thickset, Herculean
fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle, as fit as a flea, in good shape, in good trim, in trim, in tip-top condition, aerobicized, healthy, in good health, bursting with health, in fine fettle, as strong as an ox, as strong as a horse, as strong as a lion
British in rude health
informal sporty, husky, hunky, beefy, ripped, shredded
North American informal buff
US informal jacked
literary thewy, stark
2‘they were banned from the athletic events’
sporting, sports, games, gymnastic
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