mis·​shap·​en ˌmis-ˈshā-pən How to pronounce misshapen (audio)
: having an ugly or deformed shape
It is, in fact, a homely and misshapen little gray airplane that looks like it was cobbled together in someone's garage.Patricia Trenner
: morally or intellectually deformed or distorted
misshapen ideas of justice
misshapenly adverb
She has brought Trot, her mangy mongrel, with her. He lies misshapenly across her vast lap … John le Carré
misshapenness noun
… masterpieces of dullness, misshapenness, and folly … Louis Simpson

Examples of misshapen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These misshapen cells can get stuck in blood vessels and clog blood flow, leading to pain, infection, strokes or other health problems. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 These misshapen cells clump together and block blood flow to organs, causing bouts of extreme pain. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 The misshapen cells then clump together and block the flow of oxygen to the organs, which causes extreme pain. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 16 Nov. 2023 Deformity: Particularly with a fracture or dislocation, your knee joint may appear to be misshapen. Jonathan Cluett, Md, Verywell Health, 9 Nov. 2023 But if yours is misshapen or exceptionally dirty, a new one should cost between $15 and $20. Maya Pottiger, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 And, of course, there was the perennial punch line of physiognomy: sight gags, sketches, and songs that depicted Jewish bodies as misshapen and absurd. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2023 At 6-foot-3, pushing 330 pounds, his appearance was misshapen by a stomach distended with fluid. Max Blau, ProPublica, 21 Aug. 2023 Clinical trial participants who received the one-time treatment developed by CRISPR/Vertex have remained free of the agonizing symptoms caused by misshapen blood cells for months — some, like Gray, for years. Megan Molteni, STAT, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of misshapen was in the 14th century

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“Misshapen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misshapen. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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: badly shaped : having an ugly shape

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