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  • IPA(key): /ˈʃwɔːɹtsənˌɛɡəɹ/

Etymology 1[edit]

From German Schwarzenegger.

Proper noun[edit]

Schwarzenegger (plural Schwarzeneggers)

  1. A surname from German; used specifically of Arnold Schwarzenegger (b. 1947), an Austrian-American businessman and governor of California, known especially for his success as a professional bodybuilder and action film actor.
    • 2020 January 22, Howard Cole, “Book Excerpt: The 50 Greatest Dodger Games of All Time”, in Sports Illustrated:
      When he graduated from UCLA on time, he missed getting Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by four months.
    • 2015 June 16, Nicholas Barber, “Arnie turns sensitive”, in 1843:
      Schwarzenegger vs Zombies” is a pitch that would have most studio executives sprinting for their chequebooks, but “Maggie” isn't the film they'd have in mind.
    • 2002 May 10, John Patterson, “Age shall wither them”, in The Guardian:
      The Twilight of the Action-Movie Gods has been a long time coming. The great action-hero triumvirate of the Reagan-Bush years—Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis—seem collectively to have realised that the shadows are lengthening at the end of their day in the sun.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

After Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Schwarzenegger (plural Schwarzeneggers)

  1. An exceptionally muscular bodybuilder.
    • 1994, Elise Title, Body Heat, page 189
      He rubbed his hands together. "Believe it or not, there was a time when I considered giving acting a go. What do you think, Miss Fox?" He flexed impressive biceps. "Would I have had a chance against the Schwarzeneggers and the Chuck Norris types?"
    • 2000, Lou Ravelle, Gym Biz: Starting and Running Your Own Gym for Profit, page 8
      Unless you are another Schwarzenegger, or you have a doctorate in muscle growth, forget the heavy mob, (bless 'em).
    • 2001, Bill McKibben, Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously, page 79
      Fussell finally competed in a contest. He came in second, but he clearly wasn't going to be the next Schwarzenegger—and finally something snapped. "Having come three thousand miles, having gained eighty pounds, I wanted out."
    • 2005, Kevin Beck, Run Strong, page 237
      That's simply not enough time to build the massive quads that are great for cycling but are a hindrance to distance running, or to become the next Schwarzenegger in the gym.
Derived terms[edit]



From Schwarzenegg +‎ -er, literally someone from Schwarzenegg, referring to either of two places in Switzerland and Austria, from schwarz (black) +‎ Egg (ridge), cognate with Ecke.[1]


  • IPA(key): [ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌɛɡɐ]

Proper noun[edit]

Schwarzenegger m or f (proper noun, surname, masculine genitive Schwarzeneggers or (with an article) Schwarzenegger, feminine genitive Schwarzenegger, plural Schwarzeneggers or Schwarzenegger)

  1. a surname