Definition of hunchback in English:



  • 1A back deformed by a sharp forward angle, forming a hump, typically caused by collapse of a vertebra.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had a hunchback and walked with a stick.’
    • ‘The condition leaves a child short in stature and prone to developing a hunchback.’
    • ‘A jolly, easy-go-lucky fellow who hides all his sorrow within and portrays a comical figure, laughing at himself and about his hunchback.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1offensive, dated A person with a hunchback.