humpback salmon


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.

Words nearby humpback salmon

Origin of humpback salmon

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

Definition for humpie (2 of 2)


or hump·ie

[ huhm-pee ]
/ ˈhʌm pi /

noun, plural hump·ies.

Origin of humpy

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Examples from the Web for 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 (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhʌmpɪ) /

adjective humpier or humpiest

full of humps
British informal angry or gloomy

Derived forms of humpy

humpiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for humpie (2 of 2)

/ (ˈhʌmpɪ) /

noun plural humpies

Australian a primitive hut

Word Origin for humpy

C19: from a native Australian language
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