from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Obsolete See hunchback.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crooked back, or a person with such a back; a hunchback

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hunched.
  • n. A crooked back; one who has a crooked or deformed back; a hunchback.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who has a crooked back or round shoulders; a hunchback. Also crouchback.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine
  • adj. characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Or a crookback, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken.

    The Scarlet Tanager and the Sparrows

  • Francesca is betrothed to Gianciotto who, this being the Middle Ages, is allowed no particular identity beyond being a menacing crookback à la Richard III.

    Francesca da Rimini, Fantastic Mr Fox; BBC Proms 24 & 25

  • His dad was watching TV, sitting in that periscope stoop of his, crookback, like he might tumble into the rug.


  • "We are going to see pretty things," said the hostess; "that tall crookback is the Vidame d'Orrain himself, and 'twas just the same way last year that he took poor Monsieur de Mailly."

    Orrain A Romance

  • But the word of Mr Costello was an unwelcome language for him for he nauseated the wretch that seemed to him a cropeared creature of a misshapen gibbosity, born out of wedlock and thrust like a crookback toothed and feet first into the world, which the dint of the surgeon's pliers in his skull lent indeed


  • Richard, a whoreson crookback, misbegotten, makes love to a widowed Ann


  • "Now, by Heaven, crookback!" he cried, and made a threatening gesture against Æsop, who eyed him insolently with a mocking smile.

    The Duke's Motto A Melodrama

  • All that way the plains are as full of crookback oxen (buffaloes) as the mountain Serena in Spain is of sheep.

    Great Epochs in American History, Volume I. Voyages Of Discovery And Early Explorations: 1000 A.D.-1682

  • We hotel in san francisco a koln of angiopathy on the holdover and cottonwood of the peavy, as puritanically as wrought cellulosic of zoarcidae alike noncommercial on in our crookback coastwise, in orderer of starboard habitability day.

    Rational Review

  • Richard, a whoreson crookback, misbegotten, makes love to a widowed Ann (what’s in a name?), woos and wins her, a whoreson merry widow.



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  • ...I concluded either that the marchioness had an odd taste, or that crookback courted her as proxy to a better man.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 4 ch. 8

    September 18, 2008