- Of, relating to, or denoting a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to be fat.More example sentences
- One's physical or bodily shape can be classified into the pyknic type, the muscular type and the intermediate type.
- Instead of the pyknic or compact extreme, Sheldon found a round and soft one.
1920s: from Greek puknos 'thick' + -ic. The word was first used by German psychiatrist Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964) in his tripartite classification of human types (the other two being asthnic and athletic).
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