sway·​backed ˈswā-ˌbakt How to pronounce swaybacked (audio)
variants or less commonly swayback
: having an abnormally hollow or sagging back
On occasion, the cow shared the pasture with a swaybacked horse.Wright Morris
: having or marked by abnormal forward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine
… she stood upright, slightly swaybacked, affecting the bored look of a woman waiting for a bus.Austin Murphy
swaybacked posture
: marked by a sagging appearance : having or being a part with a concave center
Behind the house was a collection of sheds and swaybacked barns …Alec Wilkinson

Examples of swaybacked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The earth moved, and a swaybacked giant jogged into view. The New York Times, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swaybacked was in 1680

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“Swaybacked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swaybacked. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sway·​backed ˈswā-ˈbakt How to pronounce swaybacked (audio)
variants also swayback
-ˈbak How to pronounce swaybacked (audio)
: having an unusually sagging back
a swaybacked mare
swayback noun
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