- having the shoulders bent forward, giving a rounded form to the upper part of the back.
Origin of round-shouldered
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for round-shouldered
He nodded to the round-shouldered man who sat smoking on the doorstep.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Ye're goin' to make thim near-sighted an' round-shouldered,' I says.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War
Finley Peter Dunne
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
- denoting a faulty posture characterized by drooping shoulders and a slight forward bending of the back
- Having the shoulders and upper back rounded.