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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.

  • When he took the bolt from the hole, it was deformed, its head being askew like a hunchback's.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He had crooked legs and squinting eyes, a large mouth all on one side, and a hunchback.

  • hunchback figures with the tanks mounted on their shoulders.

  • 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
  • Then he marked the hunchback sitting by the wall, and pointed his finger at him.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • "And that is precisely what pleases us so much," said the hunchback.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • "I don't care a fiddler's damn where you sent the horse," replied the hunchback.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • 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).

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