Relating to or denoting a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to 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 the German psychiatrist, Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964), in his tripartite classification of human types (the other two being asthenic and athletic).
Definition of pyknic in:
- The US English dictionary