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pyknic Line breaks: pyk¦nic
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪknɪk/

Definition of pyknic in English:


Relating to or denoting a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to fat.
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).

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