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

Definition of shapeless

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

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 There's no comparable emotional arc to Fantastic Beasts, which substitutes a straight line into adulthood for a shapeless origin story populated by dour functionaries. A.a. Dowd, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 But the screenplay from Harper Dill, John Rogers and Tami Sagher is weirdly shapeless and has no real momentum driving these two crazy kids into one another’s arms. Nina Metz,, 10 Feb. 2022 The screenplay for House of Gucci, which was written by Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna, based on a book by Sara Gay Forden, has the shapeless sprawl of something with many juicy details but no center. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 And the 320-page book has become a semi-shapeless streamer, with most episodes clocking over an hour. Darren Franich,, 4 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of shapeless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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