Definition of endomorph in English:



  • A person with a soft round build of body and a high proportion of fat tissue.

    Compare with ectomorph and mesomorph
    • ‘People are ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph.’
    • ‘An endomorph holds most of their weight in their middle.’
    • ‘The classic endomorph is an overweight person, of which there are none at the elite level in swimming, and precious few at any level, though I see some at the high school level.’
    • ‘Many endomorphs need to increase calories just slightly (about 10% above baseline) in order to add muscle at a pace that limits body fat accumulation.’
    • ‘The body of the extreme endomorph is round and soft.’


1940s: endo- from endodermal (being the layer of the embryo giving rise to the physical characteristics which predominate) + -morph.