adjective Anthropology relating to or denoting a stocky physique with a rounded body and head, thickset trunk, and a tendency to fat.
1920s: from Gk puknos 'thick' + -ic.

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  • pyknic — [pik′nik] adj. [< Gr pyknos, compact, solid (see PYCNIDIUM) + IC] former term for ENDOMORPHIC (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • pyknic — Denoting a constitutional body type characterized by well rounded external contours and ample body cavities; virtually synonymous with endomorphic. [G. pyknos, thick] * * * pyk·nic also pyc·nic pik nik adj characterized by shortness of stature,… …   Medical dictionary

  • pyknic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek pyknos dense, stocky Date: 1925 characterized by shortness of stature, broadness of girth, and powerful muscularity ; endomorphic 2 • pyknic noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pyknic — /pik nik/, Psychol. adj. 1. (of a physical type) having a fat, rounded build or body structure. Cf. asthenic (def. 2), athletic (def. 5). n. 2. a person of the pyknic type. [1920 25; < Gk pykn(ós) thick + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • pyknic — pyk•nic [[t]ˈpɪk nɪk[/t]] adj. 1) phl (of a physical type) having a fat, rounded build or body structure 2) phl a person of the pyknic type • Etymology: 1920–25; < Gk pykn(ós) thick + ic …   From formal English to slang

  • pyknic — /ˈpɪknɪk/ (say piknik) adjective 1. (of a physical type) characterised by stocky build, with a large chest and abdomen, and a tendency to obesity. –noun 2. a person of the pyknic type. {Greek pyknos thick + ic} …  

  • pyknic — noun A short, thickset person characterised by thick neck, large abdomen and relatively short limbs; a mesomorph …   Wiktionary

  • pyknic — pyk·nic …   English syllables

  • pyknic — Being stocky and round …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • pyknic —   a. short, stocky, often fat (person) …   Dictionary of difficult words

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