shapely

adjective shape·ly \ ˈshā-plē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of shapely

shapelier; shapeliest
1 : having a regular or pleasing shape
2 : orderly and consistent in arrangement or plan
  • shapely essays

shapeliness

noun

Examples of shapely in a Sentence

  1. She has a shapely figure.

  2. a shapely blonde who served as eye candy in numerous Hollywood movies

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First Known Use of shapely

14th century


SHAPELY Defined for English Language Learners

shapely

adjective

Definition of shapely for English Language Learners

  • : having an attractive shape or form


SHAPELY Defined for Kids

shapely

adjective shape·ly \ ˈshā-plē \

Definition of shapely for Students

shapelier; shapeliest
: having a pleasing shape or form


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