shape·​ly | \ ˈshā-plē How to pronounce shapely (audio) \
shapelier; shapeliest

Definition of shapely

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

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shapeliness noun

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Examples of shapely in a Sentence

She has a shapely figure. a shapely blonde who served as eye candy in numerous Hollywood movies
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First Known Use of shapely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shapely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shapely

: having an attractive shape or form


shape·​ly | \ ˈshā-plē How to pronounce shapely (audio) \
shapelier; shapeliest

Kids Definition of shapely

: having a pleasing shape or form

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