shapely

adjective
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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Other Words from shapely

shapeliness noun

Synonyms for shapely

Synonyms

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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There are jaw-dropping options from Balmain and Versace, and shapely, refined frocks from Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 While biographies routinely run to 700-plus fact-laden pages, a novel is more likely to be shapely in length. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Seeking the Real David Hockney Through Fact and Fiction," 11 June 2019 Guido Palau's parade of shapely bobs at Miu Miu offering a sleek and sculptural counter. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams: Zoë Kravitz Takes Shimmer Off the Runway (And More!)," 7 Oct. 2018 And yet the shapely marvels on display here suggest that Yugoslav architects were more attracted to concrete’s expressive powers than to technological innovation. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980’ Review: An Imaginative Moment," 24 Aug. 2018 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, baltimoresun.com, "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

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First Known Use of shapely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shapely

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shapely

: having an attractive shape or form

shapely

adjective
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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