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

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Other Words from shapeless

shapelessly adverb
shapelessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for shapeless


deformed, distorted, malformed, misshapen, monstrous



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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

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When onions are very soft, almost a shapeless mass, season fish and grill it, turning once, for a total of about 6 minutes for tuna, 8-10 minutes for swordfish. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Yet the kid, still mired in self-doubt, makes bad decisions in the course of a shapeless plot that sometimes manages, in mid-meander, to minimize the threat from Grimmel, who isn’t interesting at all. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: More Smoke Than Fire," 21 Feb. 2019 Drawers are also great for shapeless items that can’t be neatly lined up on a shelf, like bags of chips or dish towels, and for organizing items of varying heights by utilizing a drawer-within-a-drawer system. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Pantry," 11 Feb. 2019 Most of us were in jeans and bulky, shapeless sweaters against the chill. Eric Felten, WSJ, "Rehearsal of a Lifetime," 19 Dec. 2018 But as the sun rose, a chorus of coughs arose from the shapeless forms wrapped in blankets and bits of plastic sheeting. Mark Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Weary migrants still far reaching US border," 23 Oct. 2018 The silver tiger stuck its head out from the shadows under the bed and opened its huge and shapeless mouth, biting down on my right ankle. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 Clarke has professional actors, an actual script (co-written with Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson), and an approach that resembles a refined old cinema verité documentary more than a heap of shapeless digital video. Noel Murray,, "Review: Irish found-footage horror film 'The Devil's Doorway' can't escape clichés," 12 July 2018 Unlike the sort of structured rock Gordon made with Sonic Youth for more than two decades, Body/Head offers cavernous and shapeless soundscapes made with guitars and Gordon’s often abstract vocals. Ryan Kost,, "Kim Gordon, Bill Nace live in the moment as Body/Head," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of shapeless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shapeless was in the 14th century

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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