shape·​ly | \ˈshā-plē \
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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Other Words from shapely

shapeliness noun

Synonyms for shapely


curvaceous (also curvacious), curvy, pneumatic

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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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In its travel tow position, the iCamp looks a bit like a smushed sports car, with a flat top and a shapely coup-like rear. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Remote-controlled camper trailer pops up in 30 seconds," 19 Oct. 2018 Between the shapely skyscrapers of the City of London—the business area—are churches that predate the Great Fire of London; the hipster East End was once home to immigrants that changed the country’s history. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Walking Tours in London," 27 Feb. 2018 In pictures and portraits, the bras cover bodies of all varieties, old and young, shapely and slim. Hallie Miller,, "Local artists explore femininity, sexuality at Y:Art Gallery’s ‘Bra Show’," 3 July 2018 But this performance felt spacious, glittering, shapely, never overbearing. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An Orchestra’s Ecstatic, Once-in-a-Lifetime Birthday Party," 27 Apr. 2018 Under its shapely, high-strength steel body is a carbon fiber driveshaft and composite rear cross member. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: fast-casual Italian," 15 June 2018 The station wagon version was as shapely as the sedan. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Ford ends iconic Taurus, as cars lose out to popular SUVs," 27 Apr. 2018 No occasion was too sacred for some shapely calf peekaboo—not the red carpet; not while throwing the first pitch at a Dodgers game; and especially not while performing in-ring for his employer, WWE. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018 Photo: Automobili Lamborghini The bodylines were the work of Marcello Gandini, a 31-year-old designer from the Italian style house Bertone, who’d drawn the shapely curves and eyelashlike headlamp accents of Lamborghini’s Miura. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Chasing Perfection, Ferruccio Lamborghini Took the Fast Lane," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of shapely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shapely

: having an attractive shape or form


shape·​ly | \ˈshā-plē \
shapelier; shapeliest

Kids Definition of shapely

: having a pleasing shape or form

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