swaybacked

adjective sway·backed \ ˈswā-ˌbakt \
variants: or less commonly swayback play \ˈswā-ˌbak\
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of swaybacked

1 :having an abnormally hollow or sagging back
  • On occasion, the cow shared the pasture with a swaybacked horse.
  • —Wright Morris
2 :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
3 :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

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First Known Use of swaybacked

1680


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