Definitions

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  • adj. characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column

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Examples

  • The crookbacked lawyer whose talent for cutting through Tudor murk sees him pressed, by turns, into the service of Thomas Cromwell, Archbishop Cranmer and finally Henry VIII's last queen, Catherine Parr, is our man on the inside.

    A life in books: CJ Sansom

  • The driver, a crookbacked man with a thick white beard, said: “Guests of the lady Andromache.”

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • More serious-minded revelers (and the maudlin drunks) gathered about a crookbacked goblin bard who had reached the one-hundred-sixty-fifth verse of a lugubrious ballad of doomed Firvulag lovers.

    The Golden Torc

  • Mr. Cooper conceives that crookbacked usurper with sufficient accuracy, reads it with tolerable correctness, and acts it with great spirit.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3

  • If he be crookbacked; or blear eyed; or have a pearl in his eye, or a continual scab, or a dry scurf in his body, or a rupture.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 03: Leviticus The Challoner Revision

  • Thumped by a crookbacked grizzled negro squatting.

    Georgian Poetry 1918-19

  • The old enemy the devil enforced him to let him of his holy purpose, and showed to him a woman monstrous and horribly disfigured, crookbacked and lame, which was in that city, and he said to him if he left not that he had enterprised, he would make him semblable and like unto her.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • In tale No. xx, when Shortshanks meets those three old crookbacked hags who have only one eye, which he snaps up, and gets first a sword 'that puts a whole army to flight, be it ever so great', we have the 'one-eyed Odin', degenerated into an old hag, or rather -- by no uncommon process -- we have an old witch fused by popular tradition into a mixture of Odin and the three Nornir.

    Popular Tales from the Norse

  • Let the meanest crookbacked Thersites teach the supremest Agamemnon that he actually does not reverence him, the supremest Agamemnon's eyes flash fire responsive; a real pain, and partial insanity, has seized Agamemnon.

    Past and Present

  • Let the meanest crookbacked Thersites teach the supremest Agamemnon that he actually does not reverence him, the supremest Agamemnon's eyes flash fire responsive; a real pain and partial insanity has seized Agamemnon.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

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