[ huhmp-bak ]
/ ˈhʌmpˌbæk /


a back that is humped in a convex position.

Origin of humpback

First recorded in 1690–1700; apparently back formation from humpbacked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for humpback

/ (ˈhʌmpˌbæk) /


another word for hunchback
Also called: humpback whale a large whalebone whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, closely related and similar to the rorquals but with a humped back and long flippers: family Balaenopteridae
a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, the male of which has a humped back and hooked jaws
Also called: humpback bridge British a road bridge having a sharp incline and decline and usually a narrow roadway

Derived forms of humpback

humpbacked, adjective

Word Origin for humpback

C17: alteration of earlier crumpbacked, perhaps influenced by hunchback; perhaps related to Dutch homp lump
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Medical definitions for humpback

[ hŭmpbăk′ ]


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