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

Example Sentences

his first sculpture looked more like a deformed rabbit than a galloping horse
Recent Examples on the Web Their sperm may largely consist of deformed weaklings, but there are clearly enough normal ones to make more naked mole rats. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2011 The crew was created through a biological 3D printer, but a system malfunction causes one of the crew members, Lewis, to emerge in a deformed state. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 13 Sep. 2022 Chaney would physically transform once again into a deformed gothic antihero — this time, Gwynplaine, a nobleman’s son who is hideously disfigured when the king orders a permanent smile carved into his face. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Sep. 2022 An initial search showed a deformed pitcher protruding from the soil. Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 July 2022 Robinson’s middle and index fingers bled profusely, and the fingers became deformed and black, according to the lawsuit. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 6 June 2022 As the hot parts cool, the alloy bounces back to its deformed shape. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 26 May 2022 Born with a deformed hand, this looks like a unique opportunity for her, but doctor Alexander fails in his trials and people are dying. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 26 May 2022 Open one and check for no pit or maybe a deformed pit inside. oregonlive, 22 May 2022 See More

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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 7 Feb. 2023.

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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