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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from shapely

shapeliness noun

Synonyms for shapely


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 The grille looks slimmer and more shapely, with VW's new logo design prominently displayed in the center. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Updated 2022 VW Tiguan Will Have New Styling and Features," 17 Apr. 2020 Lo said, indicating a vigorous swimmer with a shapely oval head. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "Tinder for Sperm: Even in the Petri Dish, Looks and Athleticism Are Prized," 17 Apr. 2020 One of the new liberties Song clearly prizes is the ability to depict nudity, whether painting a pudgy tyrant in the raw or a shapely woman wrapped only in a filmy North Korean flag. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artist explores how castoff materials can be a venue to enlightenment," 14 Feb. 2020 Secure yourself a beard trimmer, like my favorite—from Philips Norelco—to keep everything clean and shapely. 8. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The GQ Grooming Guide for College Graduates," 17 May 2018 Thirty years later the growly, aggressive, shapely Q60 has no patience for water. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Infiniti quickens the pulse with all-season Q60 looker (review)," 28 Dec. 2019 The silver nickel finish and shapely base of the iHome mirror gives it a distinctly futuristic look. Popular Science, "Smart mirrors for people who love beauty and skincare," 9 Jan. 2020 So there was a kind of metamorphosis into this bigger, shapely women, who's very corseted. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey's Costume Designer Shares the Story Behind Edith's Ball Gown," 28 Sep. 2019 Some even go hyperbolic, calling the shapely CEO fat. Danielle Young, Essence, "Shutup, Rihanna Is Not Pregnant Or Fat," 14 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shapely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shapely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shapely

Time Traveler for shapely

Time Traveler

The first known use of shapely was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for shapely

Cite this Entry

“Shapely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shapely


How to pronounce shapely (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on shapely

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for shapely

Spanish Central: Translation of shapely

Nglish: Translation of shapely for Spanish Speakers

Comments on shapely

What made you want to look up shapely? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!