mis·​shape ˌmis-ˈshāp How to pronounce misshape (audio)
misshaped; misshaping

transitive verb

: to shape (something) badly : to give an unnatural shape or form to
… cutting back the young trees and brush of other varieties so they won't crowd out or misshape the firs.Terry Todd

Examples of misshape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s a surefire way to bend the brim and otherwise misshape it. Talia Ergas, Travel + Leisure, 27 June 2023 The misshapen hemoglobin misshape the cells. Jason Mast, STAT, 19 Dec. 2022 Do not store your menstrual cup in an air-tight container: A lack of air can actually damage and misshape the cup. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Misshape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misshape. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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