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Definition of shapeless

1 : having no definite shape
2a : deprived of usual or normal shape : misshapen a shapeless old hat
b : not shapely

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Other Words from shapeless

shapelessly adverb
shapelessness noun

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Examples of shapeless in a Sentence

an old, shapeless baseball cap right now this clay is just a shapeless lump, but wait until I'm done sculpting it
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the movie’s first two-thirds are hopelessly shapeless—perhaps a bit like our lives?—further stretched out of whack by reams of annoying, skittering dialogue. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "We Could Use a Pandemic-Era Romantic Comedy, But Locked Down Isn't It," 15 Jan. 2021 In My Sisters in Mourning, reproduced in this book, Paul paints her four sisters in shapeless white frocks, seated close together. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Celia Paul Redefines the Artist’s Model," 29 Oct. 2020 Yet this shapeless, brainless animal can do remarkable things, including hunt for algae and defend itself with venom. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 When classes let out, the streets are filled with thousands of young people in traditional Islamic garb — men and boys in high-cuffed trousers or loosefitting robes and women and girls in shapeless gowns, head scarves and niqabs. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "The ‘Niqab Squad’ Wants Women To Be Seen Differently," 23 Mar. 2020 The fact that a shapeless plot can be turned into a garden with its own form, character and, especially, spirit of place is nothing short of miraculous. Washington Post, "How a soybean field in middle-of-nowhere Delaware became a buzzy botanic garden," 23 Sep. 2019 From wide-leg to pleated styles, the below options are guaranteed to provide a welcome reprieve from your shapeless bottoms. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The 12 Best Work Pants to Wear If You’re Done With Sweats," 19 May 2020 The shapeless nature of quarantine time has also created the opportunity to access a kind of pre-commercial, pre-expectation idea about art making. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The ‘2 Lizards’ of Instagram Are Coronavirus Art Stars," 22 Apr. 2020 Amid social and economic chaos, with most people holed up inside, the days having melted into a shapeless slurry, Animal Crossing serves up unexpected consolation by offering surrogate habits—a structured, if fictional, alternative to normal life. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shapeless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jan 2021

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“Shapeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shapeless

: not having a particular or definite shape
: not having the usual or normal shape
: not organized or arranged in a way that is clear and understandable


shape·​less | \ ˈshā-pləs How to pronounce shapeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of shapeless

1 : having no fixed or definite shape a shapeless blob
2 : lacking a pleasing or usual shape or form a shapeless coat

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