(Hump"back`) n. [Cf. Hunchback.]
1. A crooked back; a humped back. Tatler.
2. A humpbacked person; a hunchback.
3. (Zoöl.) (a) Any whale of the genus Megaptera, characterized by a hump or bunch on the back.
Several species are known. The most common ones in the North Atlantic are Megaptera longimana of
Europe, and M. osphyia of America; that of the California coasts is M. versabilis. (b) A small salmon
of the northwest coast of America.
(Hump"backed`) a. Having a humped back.
(Humped) a. Having a hump, as the back.
(Humph) interj. [Of imitative origin.] An exclamation denoting surprise, or contempt, doubt, etc.
(Hump"less) a. Without a hump. Darwin.
(Hump"-shoul`dered) a. Having high, hunched shoulders. Hawthorne.
(Hump"y) a. Full of humps or bunches; covered with protuberances; humped.
(Hum"strum`) n. An instrument out of tune or rudely constructed; music badly played.
(Hu"mu*lin) n. [NL. Humulus, the genus including the hop.] An extract of hops.
(||Hu"mus) n. [L., the earth, ground, soil.] That portion of the soil formed by the decomposition
of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils. Graham.
(Hun) n. [L. Hunni, also Chunni, and Chuni; cf. AS. Hnas, Hne, OHG. Hni, G. Hunnen.] One
of a warlike nomadic people of Northern Asia who, in the 5th century, under Atilla, invaded and conquered
a great part of Europe.
(Hunch) n. [Perh. akin to huckle; cf. hump, hunch, bunch, hunk.]
1. A hump; a protuberance.
2. A lump; a thick piece; as, a hunch of bread.
3. A push or thrust, as with the elbow.
(Hunch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hunched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hunching.]
1. To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly.
2. To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back. Dryden.
(Hunch"back`) n. [Cf. Humpback.] A back with a hunch or hump; also, a hunchbacked