hunch·​back | \ ˈhənch-ˌbak How to pronounce hunchback (audio) \

Definition of hunchback

1 : a person with a humpback

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Other Words from hunchback

hunchbacked \ ˈhənch-​ˈbakt How to pronounce hunchbacked (audio) \ adjective

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So magnificent are these 300 warriors that they surely would have held the pass indefinitely ... if not for the actions of a scurrilous traitor, Ephialtes, a misshapen hunchback who was too deformed to serve in the Spartan line. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Ephialtes was neither a Spartan nor a hunchback, and may not have existed at all. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 The doctor travels to Transylvania, where his own monster, played by Kevin Michael Myers, will be born aided by a hunchback sidekick (Cody Swanson), lab assistant (Kaylea Kudlaty) and sour-faced housekeeper (Rebecca Riffle Polito). Joan Rusek,, "Chagrin Valley Little Theater cast brings ‘Young Frankenstein’ to life," 19 July 2019 Richard III is often played as a hunchback, grotesque in mind and body, half murderous villain and half special effect. Joel Brown,, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 Get into the habit of good posture (no one wants to be memorialized as a hunchback walking down the aisle), and maybe ask your betrothed to snap some portraits to put you at ease in front of the lens. Lili Göksenin, Vogue, "How To Look Good In Wedding Photos—The Definitive Insider's Guide," 23 June 2018 In news that will surely turn the stoniest of gargoyles into a puddle of mush, everyone's true soulmate Idris Elba will swing into the role of Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix., "Bae of All Baes Idris Elba To Play The Hunchback Of Notre Dame," 24 May 2018 The Australian director set Verdi's startling drama about a hunchback court jester who arranges to kill his boss (the Duke having raped his daughter) among Beverly Hills celebrity and seedy Venice Beach. Mark Swed,, "A Rice-A-Roni 'Rigoletto,' Verdi's opera as a dated San Francisco treat," 13 May 2018 Played by white men in blackface, Tom was a caricature, an old hunchback with poor English who would happily sell out his own race to curry favor with his owner. Jared Brock, Smithsonian, "The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of hunchback

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hunchback

: a back in which the spine is curved in an abnormal way
offensive : a person with a hunchback


hunch·​back | \ ˈhənch-ˌbak How to pronounce hunchback (audio) \

Kids Definition of hunchback

2 : a person with a humped or crooked back


hunch·​back | \ ˈhənch-ˌbak How to pronounce hunchback (audio) \

Medical Definition of hunchback

2 : a person with a humpback

Other Words from hunchback

hunchbacked \ -​ˈbakt How to pronounce hunchbacked (audio) \ adjective

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