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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 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth, and the Earth was shapeless and barren, so God added light and water and land and sky and plants and animals and humans. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "One of America’s top climate scientists is an evangelical Christian. She’s on a mission to convert skeptics.," 15 July 2019 His suits, with their soft shoulders and nipped waists, proudly stand apart from the shapeless sack suits favored by most Washington men. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Roger Stone has turned his court appearances into a fashion show," 9 Nov. 2019 Their makeup is flawless as though their faces were hand dipped in porcelain but when no one is watching their features settle into a shapeless Jello like mass that shudders with every breath. Monita Soni, al, "For my grandson and his best friend (when he finds one)," 5 Nov. 2019 Here’s How to Do It Right Styling a dress with pants might conjure up images of an outfit that is completely shapeless. Vogue, "Do You Dare to Wear a Dress Over Pants? Here’s How to Do It Right," 17 Apr. 2019 His face went shapeless and blank as though the bones of his skull had melted. Dale Peck, The New Republic, "My Mayor Pete Problem," 12 July 2019 Her daughters swapped their headscarves for shapeless black niqabs. The Economist, "How Turkey deals with returning Islamic State fighters," 15 Aug. 2019 The show’s shapeless red clothes denote victimhood; there’s no complexity or subtlety to the role of a Handmaid. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 The awful suits—shapeless, but for their excessive shoulder pads—worn by the N.B.A. draft class of 2003 are now infamous as evidence of an unhappy era in menswear. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Evolution of N.B.A.-Draft Fashion," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of shapeless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shapeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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