One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A back deformed by a sharp forward angle, forming a hump, typically caused by collapse of a vertebra.
- ‘She had a hunchback and walked with a stick.’
- ‘She was petite and had a dowager's hump or minor hunchback.’
- ‘This was so from the very beginning, for the supposed peculiarities of his birth and the hunchback, for which he is renowned, were but inventions to signify evil.’
- ‘You'd see old ladies with hunchbacks, who had been harvesting their whole lives.’
- ‘The condition leaves a child short in stature and prone to developing a hunchback.’
- ‘Gus is self-consciously aware of his hunchback and tries to stand taller than everyone else, with tough-as-nails determination and on-demand availability.’
- ‘A jolly, easy-go-lucky fellow who hides all his sorrow within and portrays a comical figure, laughing at himself and about his hunchback.’
- 1.1dated, offensive A person with a hunchback.
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