[ huhmp-bak ]
/ ˈhʌmpˌbæk /


a back that is humped in a convex position.

Nearby words

  1. humorously,
  2. humour,
  3. humoursome,
  4. hump,
  5. hump day,
  6. humpback salmon,
  7. humpback whale,
  8. humpbacked,
  9. humped,
  10. humped cattle

Origin of humpback

First recorded in 1690–1700; apparently back formation from humpbacked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 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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Medicine definitions for humpback


[ hŭmpbăk′ ]



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