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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
gym bunny
gym shoe
gym/union/party etc membership (=membership of a particular group)
▪ How much do you pay for your gym membership?
jungle gym
the hotel restaurant/bar/gym
▪ The hotel bar was empty.
▪ Expert advice from a local gym or sports centre can be very helpful when you are starting with weights.
▪ When the boys were two I joined a local gym and started exercising five times a week.
▪ I just go down to my local gym.
▪ Agile border jumpers sometimes climbed over the gates of unattended booths as if they were jungle gyms, officials said.
▪ He turned to me and nodded gravely, and five minutes later he was hanging from the jungle gym beside another boy.
▪ The place looked like a jungle gym.
▪ Meetings began to be held all over the West Country in village halls and school gyms to debate the issues.
▪ At YMCAs, restaurants and school gyms, Blue Cross representatives do show-and-tells for consumers.
▪ The stolen gym shoe, hurled by Snecky, caught him on the side of the face.
▪ He had bright white pants, black gym shoes.
▪ We put on our gym shoes and trooped out to the gym in silence.
▪ He wears gym shoes, or regular loafers, or of course those wooden clogs of his.
▪ He pulled on an old army tracksuit and finally tied up his gym shoes.
▪ Some one swiped one of little Alec Davidson's gym shoes and tossed it ahead to the front of the uneven column.
▪ He was back: but, the gym shoe signalled, on his own terms.
▪ As they passed her table, she heard the older woman counting one-two-three, one-two-three like a jolly and exasperated gym teacher.
▪ Are they all gym teachers with short fingernails, sensible shoes and leathery skin?
▪ She kept asking her gym teacher, imploring until her enthusiasm wedged her into the program.
▪ I went to the gym to be stronger.
▪ The only fun I had was going to the gym.
▪ I wonder how anybody could ever go to gyms.
▪ He stopped going to the gym.
▪ I go to the gym in spite of myself, puffing and plodding along.
▪ I remember going into the gym crying.
▪ I go to a gym regularly and I use to swim for Liverpool so swimming still keeps me fit.
▪ I slept for seven hours each night. 1 went to the gym every other day.
▪ I have joined gyms in the past.
▪ He joined a gym on La Cienega.
▪ When the boys were two I joined a local gym and started exercising five times a week.
▪ Enjoys windsurfing, working out at the gym and strutting his funky stuff on the dance floor.
▪ Or perhaps you started to work out in the gym round the corner from the office.
▪ a gym class
▪ Ed goes to the gym to do weight training several times a week.
▪ I've just signed up for an exercise class at the gym.
▪ It was raining, so we had to play football in the gym this afternoon.
▪ the boys' gym at the high school
▪ And Des works out in his home gym to keep up with her youthful vigour.
▪ Are they all gym teachers with short fingernails, sensible shoes and leathery skin?
▪ Enjoys windsurfing, working out at the gym and strutting his funky stuff on the dance floor.
▪ He also joined the men in a gym session and with a physiotherapist.
▪ He pulled what looked like a peach from what must have been a gym bag and bit through the skin.
▪ I gave lip going to the gym, or really getting any exercise-except running for a plane.
▪ The only fun I had was going to the gym.
▪ We put on our gym shoes and trooped out to the gym in silence.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

short for gymnasium, 1871, U.S. student slang.


n. 1 Short form of gymnasium. 2 (context weightlifting English) A sports facility specialized for lifting weights and exercise. 3 physical education class vb. (context intransitive English) To go to the gym.


n. athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training [syn: gymnasium]


A gym, short for gymnasium, is an open air or covered location for gymnastics, athletics, and gymnastic services. The word is derived from the ancient Greek gymnasium. They are commonly found in athletic and fitness centers, and as activity and learning spaces in educational institutions. "Gym" is also slang for "fitness center", which is often an indoor facility.

Gymnasia apparatus such as bar-bells, parallel bars, jumping board, running path, tennis-balls, cricket field, fencing area, and so forth are used as exercises. In safe weather, outdoor locations are the most conductive to health. Gyms were popular in ancient Greece. Their curricula included Gymnastica militaria or self-defense, gymnastica medica, or physical therapy to help the sick and injured, and gymnastica athletica for physical fitness and sports, from boxing to dance.

These gymnasia also had teachers of wisdom and philosophy. Community gymnastic events were done as part of the celebrations during various village festivals. In ancient Greece there was a phrase of contempt, "He can neither swim nor write." After a while, however, Olympic athletes began training in buildings just for them. Community sports never became as popular among ancient Romans as it had among the ancient Greeks. Gyms were used more as a preparation for military service or spectator sports. During the Roman Empire, the gymnastic art was forgotten. In the Dark Ages there were sword fighting tournaments and of chivalry; and after gunpowder was invented sword fighting began to be replaced by the sport of fencing. There were schools of dagger fighting and wrestling and boxing.

Then in the 18th century, Salzmann, German clergyman, opened a gym in Thuringia teaching bodily exercises, including running and swimming. Clias and Volker established gyms in London, and in 1825, Doctor Beck, a German immigrant, established the first gymnasium in the United States. It was found that gym pupils lose interest in doing the same exercises, partly because of age. Variety in exercises included skating, dancing, and swimming. Some gym activities can be done by 6 to 8 year olds while age 16 has been considered mature enough for boxing and horseback riding.

In Ancient Greece the gymnasion was a locality for both physical and intellectual education of young men. The latter meaning of intellectual education persisted in Greek, German and other languages to denote a certain type of school providing secondary education, the gymnasium, whereas in English the meaning of physical education was pertained in the word 'gym'.

The Greek word gymnasium means "school for naked exercise" and was used to designate a locality for the education of young men, including physical education ( gymnastics, i.e. exercise) which was customarily performed naked, as well as bathing, and studies. For the Greeks, physical education was considered as important as cognitive learning. Most Greek gymnasia had libraries that could be utilized after relaxing in the baths.

Usage examples of "gym".

Mark used the gym at the Bienvenue so often, and because it was well known that he was friends with the boss, his car was always close at hand.

She walked off the gym floor, taking the bleacher steps two at a time to sit next to Maury.

The young image was compounded by his clothes, he wore a coat from Dexter Wong, black leather Prada trousers and the new Nike cross trainers, his hair was shaved to mask his baldness and his arms were muscled and buffed from gym training.

Sometimes they worked out together in the shabby little gym in Bloomsbury run by a Hungarian expatriate who had fled his own country after the abortive rising.

Seven years ago, she had been a frumpy mother with flyaway hair, hiding her stomach under loose sweaters and, tired of being humiliated at the gym, trying to shape up by drinking carrot juice.

The camera makes a herky-jerky pan away from her, traveling along the empty corridor to the empty gerbil gym at the far end.

Listening to the narrative of the diamond heist, she grabbed a bottle of water, took a peach as an afterthought, then walked through the quiet, empty house and down to the gym.

As the gym building passes by, all hulky and black, I look the other way, and think of other things.

Thirty or so five-year-olds bounced around the free fall gym like a barrage of demented ping pong balls when their creche mother, a plump pleasant downsider woman they called Mama Nilla, assisted by a couple of quaddie teenage girls, first let them out of their reading class.

Mike Carlson, the bully of H oad, and the next she was pushing you off the gym.

Delmot reached for phone, as though to call the gym and tell Rydal to warn Harry.

Friday, which summoned her to the gym there to submit her naked bottomcheeks for the rod or tawse or cane.

And one by one, Teigh put the whole class on their backs on the gym floor, even the last few who were warned and tried to rush him four at a time.

Imbs and Jenny -- she in a yellowish fluffy coat -- were probably on their way from the ballet school, for the laces of her ballet slippers were dangling pink and silky out of a gym bag that Jenny was carrying.

After the ballet lesson, she stood with locked-up face, letting the bevy of chattering ballet rats pass with their swinging gym bags.