de·​formed | \ di-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce deformed (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deformed

: distorted or unshapely in form : misshapen

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his first sculpture looked more like a deformed rabbit than a galloping horse
Recent Examples on the Web Robert Gibbins, the founder of Autonomy Capital, another London hedge fund, says his desk is adorned with the deformed remains of a car bumper, melted by an Australian wildfire. The Economist, "Hotting up How much can financiers do about climate change?," 20 June 2020 They were often described, for example by the 12th-century Byzantine poet, John Tzetzes, as deformed or excessively ugly. Candida Moss, The Conversation, "Ancient Greeks purged city-states of disease as they would a human body – and it was the most vulnerable that suffered," 23 Mar. 2020 Some people suffered burns, and a number of women later gave birth to severely deformed babies. Carl Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Nuclear Tests Marked Life on Earth With a Radioactive Spike," 20 Mar. 2020 Even in health William is a sad figure, with his bony hips, his broken finger, his curled-up, slightly deformed feet, and his scars. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 But in the sediment-rich southern zones, lowered friction resulted in less deformed land and smaller mountains. Ben Horton, National Geographic, "What jumpstarted Earth's plate tectonics? New clues point to ancient glaciers.," 5 June 2019 Cave divers have discovered the eerie underwater grave of an ancient woman with a deformed skull who lived on the Yucatán Peninsula at least 9,900 years ago, making her one of the earliest known inhabitants of what is now Mexico. Fox News, "9,900-year-old skeleton of horribly disfigured woman found in Mexican cave," 7 Feb. 2020 In 2011, a pod adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin, which had been spurned. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 But destiny propels this loner toward a deformed but powerful sorceress (Anya Chalotra) and a sheltered young princess (Freya Allan) with a dangerous secret. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Henry Cavill is ‘The Witcher’ in Netflix series based on the popular fantasy stories," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of deformed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Deformed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deformed

: not having the normal or expected shape especially because of a problem in the way something has developed or grown


de·​formed | \ di-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd, dē- How to pronounce deformed (audio) \

Medical Definition of deformed

: misshapen especially in body or limbs

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