having the shoulders held back, giving a straight form to the upper part of the back.

Origin of square-shouldered

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for square-shouldered

Historical Examples of square-shouldered

  • The Germans are a big, square-shouldered, deep-chested race.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Makes you look broader-chested and square-shouldered—more of the man.

    The Queen's Scarlet

    George Manville Fenn

  • One square-shouldered fellow raised her lightly from the ground.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Apart, square-shouldered and indomitable, stood a young man of twenty-six.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • He was a typical American, tall, square-shouldered, and not over-burdened with flesh.

    A Gamble with Life

    Silas K. Hocking