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

Definition of deformed

: distorted or unshapely in form : misshapen

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Examples of deformed in a Sentence

his first sculpture looked more like a deformed rabbit than a galloping horse
Recent Examples on the Web In tectonically active regions, electric charges can accumulate over time in the deformed rocks. David Bressan, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The Orioles’ hopeless stench wafted beyond Baltimore, capturing the attention of national baseball commentators who see them as the tragic symbol of a deformed league in which too many small- and midmarket franchises have given up trying to win. Colin Campbell,, 27 Aug. 2021 Patients include a woman with fluid dripping out of her foot; a man born with seven toes on each foot; a barber who dropped a steel door on his big toe 20 years ago with a deformed nail. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 The worms, which looked like deformed prunes, were denser and nuttier. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Interestingly, this deer also had injuries, and these likely led to the deformed antlers. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 23 Mar. 2020 Some people suffered burns, and a number of women later gave birth to severely deformed babies. Carl Zimmer, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2020

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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 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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