[jim-nast, -nuh st] /ˈdʒɪm næst, -nəst/

a person trained and skilled in .
a person who is skilled or trained in gymnastics

1590s in the modern sense, a back-formation from gymnastic. Greek gymnastes was “a trainer of professional athletes.”


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