- 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.
Origin of humpy3
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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.
They had seen Murri run thither, and without waiting to search the humpie, had followed in hot pursuit.
- full of humps
- British informal angry or gloomy
- Australian a primitive hut
Word Origin for humpy
C19: from a native Australian language
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