round-shouldered love



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

  • adj. Having the shoulders bent forward and drooping and the upper back rounded.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a rounded upper back, and shoulders that bend forward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the shoulders stooping or projecting; round-backed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the shoulders carried forward, giving the upper part of the back a rounded configuration.

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

  • adj. having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect


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  • 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.

    I Never Was

  • A small, round-shouldered woman skirts the streetlights at an intersection.

    Monkeytown prologue/chapter first

  • An older man, round-shouldered, plump, and past sixty, whose eyes peered out from behind a pair of glass lenses.

    Trial of Seven

  • Behind the desk a round-shouldered individual, wreathed in smoke, sat back in a tall reclining chair.

    Shortcut Man

  • 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.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  •   Just a few stalks will have a round-shouldered, introverted schlump like me oozing androsterone out of every pore!

    Celery: Viva Veggie Viagra!

  • 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.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • 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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