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[huhnch-bak] /ˈhʌntʃˌbæk/
a person whose back is humped in a convex position because of abnormal spinal curvature.
humpback (def 1).
Origin of hunchback
1705-15; back formation from hunchbacked Unabridged
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  • He paid the hunchback and walked behind Lunn toward the door.

  • Fortunately for him, the hunchback neither saw nor had a suspicion of his proximity.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • He had crooked legs and squinting eyes, a large mouth all on one side, and a hunchback.

  • The hunchback would be certain to recognise him, remembering all.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • It seemed as though the master were favourably impressed with the new boy—in spite of the fact that he was a hunchback.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • “The hunchback, Zorillo,” answered José, to the astonishment of all.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • "And that is precisely what pleases us so much," said the hunchback.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • "That I have run away from the duke, fool," answered the hunchback.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • He descended the steps into the finishing-off room, and went to the hunchback Fanny.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for hunchback


a person having an abnormal convex curvature of the thoracic spine
such a curvature
Also called humpback
Derived Forms
hunchbacked, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from earlier hunchbacked, huckbacked humpbacked, influenced by bunchbacked, from bunch (in obsolete sense of hump) + backed
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Word Origin and History for hunchback

"person with a hunched back," 1712, back-formation from hunchbacked (1590s; see hunch).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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