sway·​backed | \ ˈswā-ˌbakt How to pronounce swaybacked (audio) \
variants: or less commonly swayback \ ˈswā-​ˌbak How to pronounce swaybacked (audio) \

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

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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First Known Use of swaybacked

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swaybacked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swaybacked. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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