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

Definition of hunchback

1 : a person with a humpback

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

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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 With its bulbous rear and hunchback roofline, Panamera looked more like an experiment than an extension of the 911 into four doors and four full seats. Robert Duffer,, "2017 Porsche Panamera is quick and nice for a steep steep price," 18 Sep. 2017 Medieval travelers wrote glowing descriptions of Mosul, especially the leaning minaret that local residents nicknamed Al Hudba, or the hunchback. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Mosul’s Renowned Religious Complex Will Rise From the Rubble," 24 Apr. 2018 Where old surface fish get tattered fins, hunchbacks, and sunken skin, the cavefish remain pretty as ever. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Blind cavefish seem to ignore insulin without health consequences," 23 Mar. 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

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

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