humpback

noun
hump·​back | \ ˈhəmp-ˌbak How to pronounce humpback (audio) , for sense 1 also -ˈbak \
plural humpbacks

Definition of humpback

1 : a humped or crooked back also : kyphosis
2 dated, offensive : a person with a humpback

Examples of humpback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The department will soon announce whether the commercial season will be delayed because a number of humpback whales have recently been observed in crab fishing zones. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Oct. 2021 Sisolak had eight strikeouts in the first three innings and didn’t allow a hit until a humpback liner to left-center field by Sammi Rosenberg. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, 15 June 2021 Both were caught off guard by the breaching animal during the height of the humpback migration season in the region, where whale watching is a popular pastime. Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2021 Since 1975, 54 species have left the endangered list after recovering, including the bald eagle, brown pelican, and most humpback whales. Matthew Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021 Since 1975, 54 species have left the endangered list after having recovered, including the bald eagle, the brown pelican and most humpback whales. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021 Bald eagles, brown pelicans recover Since 1975, 54 species have left the endangered list after recovering, including the bald eagle, brown pelican and most humpback whales. Matthew Brown, ajc, 29 Sep. 2021 Since 1975, 54 species have left the endangered list after recovering, including the bald eagle, brown pelican and most humpback whales. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 Since 1975, 54 species have left the endangered list after recovering, including the bald eagle, brown pelican and most humpback whales. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'humpback.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of humpback

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About humpback

Time Traveler for humpback

Time Traveler

The first known use of humpback was in 1697

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near humpback

hump

humpback

humpbacked

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for humpback

Last Updated

25 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Humpback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humpback. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for humpback

humpback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of humpback

humpback

noun
hump·​back | \ ˈhəmp-ˌbak How to pronounce humpback (audio) \

Kids Definition of humpback

1 : a humped or crooked back

Other Words from humpback

humpbacked \ -​ˈbakt \ adjective

humpback

noun
hump·​back | \ -ˌbak, for 1 also -ˈbak \

Medical Definition of humpback

: a humped or crooked back also : kyphosis

Other Words from humpback

humpbacked \ -​ˈbakt How to pronounce humpback (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on humpback

Nglish: Translation of humpback for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of humpback for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!