shap·​en ˈshā-pən How to pronounce shapen (audio)
: fashioned in or provided with a definite shape
usually used in combination
an ill-shapen body

Examples of shapen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fatal deer disease, caused by an infectious prion, or mis-shapen protein, has shown a steady pattern of geographical spread and increasing prevalence. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Middle English, from past participle of shapen to shape

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shapen was in the 14th century

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“Shapen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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