humpback

noun

hump·​back ˈhəmp-ˌbak How to pronounce humpback (audio)
 for sense 1 also  -ˈbak
plural humpbacks
1
: a humped or crooked back
also : kyphosis
2
dated, offensive : a person with a humpback
3
4

Examples of humpback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samaná is a sleepy and traditional town on the peninsula, which drops off into the sparkling waters of Samaná Bay — home to hundreds of humpback whales during mating season from January to March. Georgina Lawton, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2023 The stretch of river from the dam to Lees Ferry is a focus in the government’s efforts to protect humpback chubs, which only last year were downlisted on the endangered species list. Brandon Loomis, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2022 One of the most important aspects of the string of whale deaths to note is that humpback whales, which have made up a majority of the recent events, have been undergoing an unusual mortality event since 2016. Li Cohen, CBS News, 20 Jan. 2023 On North Carolina’s Outer Banks, two humpback whales were found dead in December. Wayne Parry, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for humpback 

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of humpback was in 1697

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“Humpback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humpback. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

humpback

noun
hump·​back ˈhəmp-ˌbak How to pronounce humpback (audio)
1
: a humped or crooked back
2
3
humpbacked
-ˈbakt
adjective

Medical Definition

humpback

noun
hump·​back
-ˌbak, for 1 also -ˈbak
: a humped or crooked back
also : kyphosis
humpbacked adjective

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