hunchback

noun

hunch·​back ˈhənch-ˌbak How to pronounce hunchback (audio)
plural hunchbacks
1
often offensive : a person with a humpback
2
hunchbacked adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At 11 years and change, the enfant terrible is already sporting the hunchback and hook nose, and dreaming of world domination. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 June 2022 Told in two timelines, Geek Love is narrated by the now adult Oly, a Portland radio host and a dwarf with albinism and a hunchback who is determined to keep her family history alive for her estranged daughter. Kali Fajardo-anstine, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 The quintessential da Cunhian paradox mixes beauty and strength with a vision of a monstrous hunchback. Ela Bittencourt, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Though there is a rich historical debate over the king’s record, most people still think of him as the power-mad hunchback depicted by Shakespeare. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2021 As a result, the Yennefer in the final episodes is much older than the hunchback novice Yennefer of the first few. Christian Holub, EW.com, 16 Jan. 2020 But BMWs product planners turned out to be right about the hunchback of Munich. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 14 Jan. 2020 He was also given a large scarlet birthmark on his face instead of a hunchback. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 25 June 2019 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, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hunchback was in 1693

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“Hunchback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hunchback. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hunchback

noun
hunch·​back ˈhənch-ˌbak How to pronounce hunchback (audio)
1
: a person with a humpback
2
hunchbacked adjective

Medical Definition

hunchback

noun
hunch·​back ˈhənch-ˌbak How to pronounce hunchback (audio)
hunchbacked adjective

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