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[round-shohl-derd, -shohl-] /ˈraʊndˈʃoʊl dərd, -ˌʃoʊl-/
having the shoulders bent forward, giving a rounded form to the upper part of the back.
Origin of round-shouldered
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He nodded to the round-shouldered man who sat smoking on the doorstep.

  • Ye're goin' to make thim near-sighted an' round-shouldered,' I says.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

    Finley Peter Dunne
  • She seemed so small, so round-shouldered—so different from what he had expected.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers
  • That if one sleeps with one's head on a high pillow one will be round-shouldered.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • Marcus was small, round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, and freckle-faced.

    Boyhood in Norway Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • He was probably bandy-legged, big-waisted, round-shouldered, and hollow-chested.

    At Start and Finish William Lindsey
  • But it was Lyme Regis's solemn, round-shouldered doctor who reassured me.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • With him was a squire named Eurybates, a brown, round-shouldered man.

  • A round-shouldered boy cannot have large lungs or be long winded.

    Applied Physiology

    Frank Overton
  • One figure was big and round-shouldered like a vintage refrigerator.


    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for round-shouldered


denoting a faulty posture characterized by drooping shoulders and a slight forward bending of the back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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round-shouldered in Medicine

round-shouldered adj.
Having the shoulders and upper back rounded.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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