hunchback hunchback  /ˈhəntʃ ˌbæk/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column
  2. (n) a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. He warms up his luck by rubbing a blackamoor's head, a hunchback's shoulder, the lapels of his own loud clothing.
  2. Superstitious, he liked always to have a hunchback friend nearby when he raced, for good luck.
  3. When the hunchback goes away to war, love for each other overcomes pity and discretion in the wife and brother.

News

  1. Emmys: 'House of Cards' star Corey Stoll - 'I know what it's like to be out of control'

    By Tim Molloy NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Corey Stoll said one of the turning points in his life came when he was a "morbidly obese" teenager, trying to choose roles for an acting showcase at his high school. "Someone said, ‘How about the Elephant Man? How about the Hunchback of Notre Dame?'" Stoll told TheWrap. "I mean, these are amazing roles, but are these the only roles I'm good for?" Shedding ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Mutt wins 'Ugliest Dog' contest at Sonoma-Marin fair

    A hunchback mutt from Chico beat out 29 other competitors to win the "World's Ugliest Dog" title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: KGO-TV Bay Area

  3. Ugliest Dog a Hunchback Mutt Named Walle

    A hunchback mutt from Chico named Walle beat out 29 other competitors on Friday to win the "World's Ugliest Dog" title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    on June 22, 2013     Source: NBC Bay Area

Quotes

  1. Being banned by Kenney, wrote Galloway, "is like being told to sit up straight by the hunchback of Notre Dame or being lectured on due diligence by Conrad Black."
    on Mar 21, 2009 By: Jason Kenney Source: The Gazette (Montreal)

  2. "I was wiped out on pills," Osbourne told the newspaper. "I couldn't talk. I couldn't walk. I could barely stand up. I was lumbering about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where I was scared to close my eyes at night...
    on Dec 7, 2003 By: Ozzy Osbourne Source: CNN

  3. "The day after a game I would waddle into the club like a duck, bent over like an old hunchback," Ferdinand said. "I would be hobbling around, unable to train for four or five days. I would be OK to play the next game, but I must have missed...
    on Mar 21, 2010 By: Rio Ferdinand Source: New York Times

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