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[round-shohl-derd, -shohl-]
  1. having the shoulders bent forward, giving a rounded form to the upper part of the back.
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Origin of round-shouldered

First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for round-shouldered

Historical Examples

  • He nodded to the round-shouldered man who sat smoking on the doorstep.

    A Breath of Prairie and other stories

    Will Lillibridge

  • Ye're goin' to make thim near-sighted an' round-shouldered,' I says.

  • She seemed so small, so round-shouldered—so different from what he had expected.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers

  • That if one sleeps with one's head on a high pillow one will be round-shouldered.

    The American Credo

    George Jean Nathan

  • Marcus was small, round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, and freckle-faced.

    Boyhood in Norway

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

British Dictionary definitions for round-shouldered


  1. denoting a faulty posture characterized by drooping shoulders and a slight forward bending of the back
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round-shouldered in Medicine


  1. Having the shoulders and upper back rounded.
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