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

Definition of hunchback

1 often offensive : a person with a humpback

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Other Words from hunchback

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

Examples of hunchback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 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,, 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 Ephialtes was neither a Spartan nor a hunchback, and may not have existed at all. Myke Cole, The New Republic, 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,, 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,, 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of hunchback

1693, 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
: 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) \

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Other Words from hunchback

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

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