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  • adj. Alternative spelling of swaybacked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the back hollow or sagged, whether naturally or as the result of injury or weakness; -- said of horses and other animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as swayed.
  • Having the back naturally sagged or hollowed to an unusual degree, as a horse.

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

  • adj. having abnormal sagging of the spine (especially in horses)


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  • I looked around his living room, staring in turn at the two cracked teacups, the sway-backed Formica table, the ancient portable TV zebra-striped on top with cigarette burns.


  • In short, the Admiral may retire the Congressman by running on strength and courage, not on the sway-backed monotones of the triangulators who usually predominate in provision of advice in such races.

    Rick Jacobs: Admiral Says Leave Iraq in Eighteen Months, Wins Congressional Race

  • A ram shackle cart pulled by a sway-backed horse stood in the mud.

    The Rose Bride

  • They experimented with new crops, eagerly sought improved varieties of wheat and corn, and replaced their long-legged sway-backed scrub cattle with blockier, meatier animals.


  • A tattered jungle print spread covered the sway-backed double bed.

    Touch of Evil

  • Under the long slanting rays of a sun that had barely cleared the trees on the low rolling hills to the east of Wesrigg, his eyes took in the slumped roof line of the stable, sagging like a sway-backed mare.

    Soarer's Choice

  • Not an incredibly old man; obsolete, spavined; not as worn as the sway-backed stone steps ascending to the Pyramid of the Sun to an ancient temple; not yet a relic.

    January 31st, 2003

  • Carriages of all kinds were pulled by sway-backed horses.

    Fateful Journeys

  • The little man rode a grulla that was practically sway-backed.

    The Lonesome Dove Series

  • Edgars had plainly spent the afternoon in the company of one of the bottles lined up along the edge of the sway-backed buffet visible behind him.

    Dragonfly in Amber


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