: having an oval shape markedly tapering at one end
of a vocal tone : free from harshness, thinness, or nasality

Examples of pear-shaped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dog is bottom-heavy and pear-shaped with short legs. Esther Zuckerman, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pear-shaped was in 1731

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“Pear-shaped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pear-shaped. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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