shapeless

adjective

shape·​less ˈshā-pləs How to pronounce shapeless (audio)
1
: having no definite shape
2
a
: deprived of usual or normal shape : misshapen
a shapeless old hat
b
: not shapely
shapelessly adverb
shapelessness noun

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 Supreme Court Casual This aesthetic rules—featuring monochrome, shapeless robes with an air of mystery about what’s going on underneath. Jen Spyra, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 Spruce, wry, soigné, specific Mr. V., pleasantly redolent of eau de cologne, had been replaced by an exhausted, old, generic guy in a shapeless hospital garment who smelled off. Joseph O’Neill, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Here is the elephant so far: Thirteen billion years ago, in a universe that was then less than a billion years old, the Milky Way was born as a shapeless cloud of gas and dust, forming metal-poor stars and rotating incoherently so that its stars' orbits were also haphazard. Ann Finkbeiner, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 There's little that's more useless than a shapeless bra. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023 For many, these arm covers seem dated and conjure up visions of shapeless pieces of fabric that constantly fall off the side of the chair. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2023 We’re stuck with a story that feels shapeless, almost improvisatory, as if taking on social trends under the pretense of seeking authenticity. Armond White, National Review, 9 Aug. 2023 Air-drying my hair begets frizz, which threatens to turn curly and wavy hair into a shapeless, foamy cloud. Veronica Cristino, Vogue, 11 July 2023 But the dress that zipper is attached to feels too thin and shapeless. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 6 July 2023

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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 shapeless was in the 14th century

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“Shapeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shapeless. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shapeless

adjective
shape·​less ˈshā-pləs How to pronounce shapeless (audio)
1
: having no fixed or regular shape
2
a
: deprived of usual or normal shape
b
: not shapely
shapelessly adverb
shapelessness noun

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