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[jim] /dʒɪm/
a gymnasium.
Informal. physical education.
Origin of gym
1870-75; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now, it may be that the Slavin crowd have a picket out so as to watch the gym, and see if any of us come around.

  • When the girls have on the gym suits, they are not permitted to go to the front of the building.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • All right, well visit study hall and gym and stay in the library or auditorium during your class.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (
  • Hester was deliberate in matters of getting from a gym suit into a dress.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • He swam, practised the overhand racing stroke, dived; in the gym.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for gym


noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for gym

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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