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[huhnch-bak] /ˈhʌntʃˌbæk/
a person whose back is humped in a convex position because of abnormal spinal curvature.
humpback (def 1).
Origin of hunchback
First recorded in 1705-15; back formation from hunchbacked Unabridged
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  • As for the hunchback, he was broken on the wheel, being condemned on his own confession.'


    Benjamin Taylor
  • When he took the bolt from the hole, it was deformed, its head being askew like a hunchback's.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Logre, the hunchback, you know, put one of the pieces over his shoulder.

  • hunchback figures with the tanks mounted on their shoulders.

  • I had seen him kneeling on the ground with his head pinned down by the hunchback.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Then he marked the hunchback sitting by the wall, and pointed his finger at him.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • They drank, and the hunchback eyed his man over the rim of the pitcher.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The eyes of the hunchback squinted an instant, and then hardened in his face.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The hunchback made a gesture as of one offered information that is patent.

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British Dictionary definitions for hunchback


a person having an abnormal convex curvature of the thoracic spine
such a curvature
Also called humpback
Derived Forms
hunchbacked, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from earlier hunchbacked, huckbacked humpbacked, influenced by bunchbacked, from bunch (in obsolete sense of hump) + backed
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Word Origin and History for hunchback

"person with a hunched back," 1712, back-formation from hunchbacked (1590s; see hunch).

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