un·​formed | \ ˌən-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce unformed (audio) \

Definition of unformed

: not arranged in regular shape, order, or relations especially : immature, undeveloped

Examples of unformed in a Sentence

what was once an unformed lump of clay is now an attractive, useful bowl under his care and tutelage, young men, unformed in mind and body, became battle-worthy soldiers
Recent Examples on the Web Angela’s unformed sense of self is mirrored in the novel by Ruth’s childlike state. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 The music teacher, Bernardo Villalobos (Eugenio Derbez), a.k.a. Mr. V., quickly discerns Ruby’s unformed talent and picks her for the group’s featured duet—with Miles. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 The remarkable Herms, on the other hand, is all restless, unformed softness, occasionally shaping itself into a precocious performance of masculinity, and sometimes collapsing into childish want. Guy Lodge, Variety, 13 Feb. 2022 Though some high-profile critics have been rumored as potential opponents, the field of challengers remains largely unformed and there is no reliable public polling on the mayor’s job approval. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2022 Their otherwise unformed plan is to shelter together at the rustic country house of their mutual friend, the intermittently successful and now nearly broke Russian-Jewish immigrant writer Alexander (Sasha) Senderovsky. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 Possibly even better: If your Thanksgiving plans are as unformed as mine are, this can be the centerpiece of any fall dinner, on a holiday or not, weeknight or weekend, for a crowd or just for you. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 Barthelme’s was a restless, hungry and, to a large extent, unformed intelligence, and almost every one of his stories encapsulates his odd narrative charm in all its loose and shaggy glory. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 Our goal is to ally with scores of as-yet-unformed alumni groups around the country. Stuart Taylor Jr. And Edward Yingling, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unformed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unformed. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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