American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the shoulders bent forward and drooping and the upper back rounded.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the shoulders carried forward, giving the upper part of the back a rounded configuration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the shoulders stooping or projecting; round-backed.
- adj. having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
“Pop wasn't a pretty boy — he was bow-legged and round-shouldered — but he posed in twelve-ounce gloves and showed a cocky face while Uncle Albert, whowasa pretty boy, and Uncle Walter were dressed to the nines in tweed suits, hand-painted ties, and alligator shoes, holding a silver loving cup between them.”
“A small, round-shouldered woman skirts the streetlights at an intersection.”
“An older man, round-shouldered, plump, and past sixty, whose eyes peered out from behind a pair of glass lenses.”
“Behind the desk a round-shouldered individual, wreathed in smoke, sat back in a tall reclining chair.”
“Balding, round-shouldered, with a delicate, almost shuffling walk that suggested the careful exertions of an arthritis sufferer, he had the discernment to know the exciting part of his life was long past, and the wisdom not to resent it.”
“ Just a few stalks will have a round-shouldered, introverted schlump like me oozing androsterone out of every pore!”
“The draft blew the leaves against the shoes of a small, round-shouldered man, dressed in a plain black suit, leather apron, and what appeared to be a dressing gown.”
“Dressed in a worn denim jacket and jeans with the cuffs turned up, the man climbing down from the cart was of medium height, round-shouldered, and barrel-chested, with close-cropped hair and an almost simian brow.”
“He quickly shut his eyes, but not before the hulking, round-shouldered silhouette of his departing captor was imprinted in negative behind his eyelids.”
“When I come to again, a shambling figure looms over me, his face in shadow, his round-shouldered trunk silhouetted against the ash gray sky.”
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