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1. An individual whose back is hunched due to abnormal convex curvature of the upper spine. Also called humpback.
2. An abnormally curved or hunched back.
3. Kyphosis.

hunch′backed′ adj.



having a hump on the back.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hunchbacked - characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column
unfit - not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service"
أحْدَب، ذو حَدْبَه
meî herîakistil/kryppu
kamburu olan


[ˈhʌntʃbækt] ADJjorobado


[ˈhʌntʃˌbækt] adj (offensive) (person) → gobbo/a


(hantʃ) noun
an idea or belief based on one's feelings or suspicions rather than on clear evidence. I have a hunch he'll be late.
ˈhunchback noun
a person with a hump on his back.
ˈhunchbacked adjective
having a hump on one's back.
hunched up
with one's back and shoulders bent forward. He sat hunched up near the fire.
References in classic literature ?
"That devil of a hunchbacked cyclops!" he muttered between his teeth; and he tried to rise.
Those were their cards and they had to play them, willy-nilly, hunchbacked or straight backed, crippled or clean-limbed, addle-pated or clear- headed.
With hunchbacks one may well speak in a hunchbacked way!"
For now the savage goes up to the empty fireplace, and removing the papered fire-board, sets up this little hunchbacked image, like a tenpin, between the andirons.
(Boone's father was a butcher; Boone was supposed to pursue the family business, and his nickname in the art world is "Butcher Bones.") Equally telling is the fact that both artists have damaged but disturbingly prescient siblings (Rhoda the hunchbacked rodent/rose in The Vivisector, and Hugh the dimwitted brother in Theft) who mirror the protagonists and articulate their unquenchable consciences.
At the heart of the story is a hunchbacked court jester (Rigoletto) determined to protect his daughter (Gilda) from his boss, the womanizing Duke of Mantua, and from enemies he has made at court with his quick wit and sharp tongue.
They also play the spoiled and sexy American film star, Caroline; the hunchbacked British film director Clem; the last surviving extra from The Quiet Man; and two of the town's young men, Sean Harkin and his best friend Fenn, whose tragedy provides an emotional centre for the comedy.
Fletcher himself appears as a hunchbacked ogre whose left leg ends in a long piece of shattered wood--a character in a fairy tale too frightening to tell.
In one piece, he overturns the perverse symbolism of a famous photograph showing Albert Einstein towering over the hunchbacked electrical engineer Charles Steinmetz.
Gnomes are represented in medieval mythologies as small, physically deformed (usually hunchbacked) creatures resembling dry, gnarled old humans.
Old Soldiers Never Die by Frank Richards VERY few French people took the risk of fetching their furniture, but one hunchbacked Frenchman came into the village four days running with a deep French cart and took loads of furniture away.
To much of the world, Riichard isthe hunchbacked Shakespearean vi l l ai n who ki l led the pri nces i n t he Tower - Edward V and Richard -to steal thecrown.