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
Recent Examples on the Web But their shapely presence along with the crisp palette that cools hot summer days makes the time spent indoors vibrant and full of life too. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 This refers to the eggs’ appearance—the higher the grade (AA is the highest), the more shapely and spot-free the egg, with firm whites, pert yolks, and clean shells. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 3 May 2021 Sorrell and the orchestra turned in a shapely performance that was anything but routine, full of drama and high collective spirit. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 The shapely sedan is inspired by the company's new GV80 SUV, which also looks the part of a high-class luxury vehicle without the high-end price tag. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 19 Feb. 2021 Auvray is known for his shapely 3-D pieces, which are often made out of foam and latex. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 30 Mar. 2021 Along with the thrust from the Red Sport's engine, much of the Q60's appeal lies in its shapely bodywork. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 19 Feb. 2021 To keep your shapely numbers work apropos, choose elevated fabrics and knee or calf-length styles. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, 9 Oct. 2020 The roses in all of these groups are naturally more shapely and bushy than hybrid tea roses, and generally do not require such hard pruning to stay full and attractive. Dan Gill,, 19 Aug. 2020

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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 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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