I am looking for a word that describes one's ability to accomplish a task on the present day, as in a athlete's daily fitness, which is what google translate offered me when I tried to translate the word that we have for this in Swedish (which is dagsform).

In other words, I am looking for a word or phrase that describes a particular person's ability on the current day that is broad enough to relate to any given task.

An example of a sentence could be I am sorry for coming up short, my [insert word] is not at its best.

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    More idiomatic in English would be: I'm not at my best today. Not a direct translation, though. – Stefan Apr 28 '19 at 18:35
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    ... or: I'm not at the top of my game – Stefan Apr 28 '19 at 18:37
  • Thanks @Stefan, that works for that particular sentence. I wonder if there might be a word that one could use more generally and also relate to specifically. – Johan Larsson Apr 28 '19 at 18:56
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    A common expression is something like: (I've got a cold.) I'm only [working / performing / functioning] at 75% today. – Jason Bassford Apr 28 '19 at 20:28
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    I’m not at peak performance/capacity today. I’m not at my peak today. I’m a little off-peak today. – Jim Apr 29 '19 at 5:01

According to Google translate, the Swedish word dagsform loosely translate to the compound word "daily form".

A single word for daily form would be just "form", which in sports means a physical state or condition or mood of a player on a given day or in particular time frame or state starting from certain time.

Usage: If you want to use this word for a particular day or certain time frame, then you have to indicate explicitly "today" or "particular time-frame" or "start time" in the given sentence. Check Oxford examples below.

Please check Oxford dictionary entry 8.2 for the word form.

A person's mood and state of health.

"That morning Christine had been on great form but at 8pm her mood changed dramatically."

"And then yesterday I retired to my sickbed, feeling decidedly under the weather, and am still not on top form today."

Synonyms: state of health, physical state, condition, constitution.


fitness is the common American term. From Google's dictionary: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=define+fitness

fit·ness /ˈfitnəs/ noun noun: fitness

  • the condition of being physically fit and healthy. "disease and lack of fitness are closely related"

synonyms: health, strength, robustness, sturdiness, hardiness, vigor, lustiness, stalwartness, athleticism, toughness, ruggedness, physical fitness, muscularity, tone, good health, good condition, good shape, well-being, state of health, condition, shape, trim, fettle;

informal huskiness, nick

"polo requires tremendous fitness"

antonyms: unfitness

  • the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.

"he had a year in which to establish his fitness for the office."

synonyms: suitability, capability, competence, competency, proficiency, ability, aptitude, readiness, preparedness, qualification, eligibility, worthiness, appropriateness, appropriacy, adequacy.

"he was called before medical boards to assess his fitness for active service"

antonyms: unfitness, unsuitability


  • an organism's ability to survive and reproduce in a particular environment.

plural noun: fitnesses

"if sharp teeth increase fitness, then genes causing teeth to be sharp will increase in frequency"

  • Also note that fitness can also be used for daily ups and downs--e.g., I am unfit today today because I drank too much last night. – Xanne Apr 28 '19 at 20:45
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    This doesn't cover the "daily" nature of the request. – Matt E. Эллен Apr 28 '19 at 21:04

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