humpback salmon

  1. a pink salmon inhabiting North Pacific waters: so-called because of the hump that appears behind the head of the male when it is ready for spawning.

Origin of humpback salmon

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Also called humpy, humpie.



or hump·ie

noun, plural hump·ies.
  1. humpback salmon.

Origin of humpy

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Examples from the Web for humpie

Historical Examples of humpie

  • Just as they started to run to the humpie, Murri, with a face of a dirty slate colour from fright, came tearing round the cliff.

    In Quest of Gold

    Alfred St. Johnston

  • They had seen Murri run thither, and without waiting to search the humpie, had followed in hot pursuit.

    In Quest of Gold

    Alfred St. Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for humpie


adjective humpier or humpiest
  1. full of humps
  2. British informal angry or gloomy
Derived Formshumpiness, noun


noun plural humpies
  1. Australian a primitive hut

Word Origin for humpy

C19: from a native Australian language
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