Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An individual whose back is hunched due to abnormal convex curvature of the upper spine.
  • noun An abnormally curved or hunched back.
  • noun Kyphosis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A humpback; a humpbacked person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A back with a hunch or hump; also, a hunchbacked person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who is stooped or hunched over.
  • noun A deformed upper spinal column in the shape of a hump in the back.
  • noun vulgar A person with kyphosis, a spinal deformity that causes a hunched over appearance.

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

  • noun an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column
  • noun a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine

Etymologies

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Back-formation from hunchbacked.

Examples

  • Close behind My Best Friend’s Girl was Igor, an animated movie out of MGM starring the voices of John Cusack as the title hunchback, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese , and Jennifer Coolidge.

    Box Office Buzz: ‘Lakeview’ Terrace Earns Top Slot

  • Oh, and the white girl angry hunchback is a direct result of the white boy argument withdrawal.

    This is real life

  • The phrase used as a curse against the hunchback is often used as a modern blessing for the artist, or as an expression of the highest aspiration for the writer or creative person.

    ccfinlay: Blogito Ergo Sum

  • For this "execrable hunchback" is fearfully and wonderfully made.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • When Zarathustra had spoken thus unto the hunchback, and unto those of whom the hunchback was the mouthpiece and advocate, then did he turn to his disciples in profound dejection, and said:

    Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none

  • The tall, thin man was the innkeeper -- evidently a timorous fellow; the hunchback was his 'man' -- malevolent probably, the doer of the other's dark behests; whilst the woman was presumably his wife, the cook and housekeeper of the ale-house.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • Sensitive, fearful, and morose, he would not go to Europe to be known as the hunchback husband of Lajeunesse, the great singer.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • Sensitive, fearful, and morose, he would not go to Europe to be known as the hunchback husband of Lajeunesse, the great singer.

    The Lane That Had No Turning, Complete

  • Sensitive, fearful, and morose, he would not go to Europe to be known as the hunchback husband of Lajeunesse, the great singer.

    The Lane That Had No Turning, Volume 1

  • When Zarathustra had spoken thus unto the hunchback, and unto those of whom the hunchback was the mouthpiece and advocate, then did he turn to his disciples in profound dejection, and said:

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

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