broken–backed

adjective

Definition of broken–backed

  1. :  having a broken back: such as a of a ship :  hogged, sagged :  so weakened as to droop at each end b of a horse :  having bones of the back or loins ankylosed or united by a bony growth

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Origin and Etymology of broken–backed

Middle English, from broken + backed


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