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  1. a back that is humped in a convex position.
  2. kyphosis.
  3. the humpback whale.
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Origin of humpback

First recorded in 1690–1700; apparently back formation from humpbacked
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Examples from the Web for humpback

Historical Examples of humpback

  • What's the difference between a 'finback' and a 'humpback,' Hank?

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • The humpback (O. gorbuscha), the smallest of the family, 3lb.

    Fishing in British Columbia

    Thomas Wilson Lambert

  • Of course not—of course not; a humpback could not be a soldier.

  • From $700 to $800 is the value of a humpback to the manufacturer.

  • He was a dwarf and humpback; his name was Hamilcar, and he was Attila's court-fool.

    Historical Miniatures

    August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for humpback


  1. another word for hunchback
  2. 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
  3. a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, the male of which has a humped back and hooked jaws
  4. Also called: humpback bridge British a road bridge having a sharp incline and decline and usually a narrow roadway
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Derived Formshumpbacked, adjective

Word Origin for humpback

C17: alteration of earlier crumpbacked, perhaps influenced by hunchback; perhaps related to Dutch homp lump
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humpback in Medicine


  1. kyphosis
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