de·​formed di-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce deformed (audio)
: distorted or unshapely in form : misshapen

Examples of deformed in a Sentence

his first sculpture looked more like a deformed rabbit than a galloping horse
Recent Examples on the Web Infants that survive can suffer from deformed bones, excruciating pain or brain damage, and some struggle to hear, see or breathe. Anna Maria Barry-Jester, ProPublica, 4 Mar. 2024 Capella is on the upper right corner of the deformed pentagon, pointing down at the legendary constellation Orion the Hunter. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 Presently, based on the proximity of the magma to the surface and the constant seismic rumbling, Iceland’s Meteorological Office suspects that there is a very high likelihood of an eruption, somewhere along that 10-mile-long line of deformed and quaking ground, in the coming days. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 The story of the pitcher from Culiacan, Mexico, with the deformed left eye who was signed by the Dodgers at age 16 has long warmed local hearts. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 Within a few days the buds and the backs of the leaves have ugly brown and bronze streaks, and the deformed and scorched blooms which follow are the unmistakable signature damage of these pests. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 What these seeming anomalies say, at least interpreted in light of the last 86 years of policing in Minneapolis, is that a deformed version of cop culture can be even stronger than blood. Samuel G. Freedman, The New Republic, 21 June 2023 Shellfish, urchins and plankton raised by other researchers in tanks with water that had high CO2 levels developed incomplete or deformed shells and exoskeletons. Danielle L. Dixson, Scientific American, 1 June 2017 The old deer had a deformed front hoof. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deformed was in the 15th century

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“Deformed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: distorted in form : misshapen

Medical Definition


de·​formed di-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd, dē- How to pronounce deformed (audio)
: misshapen especially in body or limbs

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