Definition of pyknic in English:

pyknic

adjective

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

    • ‘Instead of the pyknic or compact extreme, Sheldon found a round and soft one.’
    • ‘One's physical or bodily shape can be classified into the pyknic type, the muscular type and the intermediate type.’
    heavily built, stocky, thickset, sturdy, sturdily built, well built, burly, strapping, brawny, muscular, solid, heavy, hefty, meaty
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Origin

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).

Pronunciation:

pyknic

/ˈpɪknɪk/