un·​formed ˌən-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce unformed (audio)
: 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 Malik and Eric are still too unformed to fully comprehend what this separation will mean to their lives. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2024 In local races, voters’ opinions of the candidates tend to be relatively unformed and persuadable. Meg Little Reilly, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Public standards have been demolished, and that deprivation has permeated the unformed morality of the young generation. Armond White, National Review, 30 Aug. 2023 What words in the yet unformed Occident May come refined with the accents that are ours? Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2023 Radcliffe’s characters are on the whole more timid, conflicted, insecure, unformed; Viswanathan’s are smarter, impulsive, adventurous and unconventional and yearn for something more. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2023 Around the same time Loeb's book was published, French physician Alexis Carrel developed techniques for growing tissues in a culture medium: a kind of unformed living material. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2023 The ups and downs of life at a particular age, with peer pressures, communication with parents, relationships formed and unformed and other things, always go on. Sylvia Gurinsky, Sun Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2023 The country referenced in its title is by turns a literal place — namely America or France, where Baldwin himself famously made a second home — and a metaphorical one, representing the space of human experience and the unformed possibilities that lie beyond American repression. Alice McDermott, New York Times, 22 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unformed. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​formed ˌən-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd How to pronounce unformed (audio)
: not arranged in regular shape, order, or relations
especially : shapeless
: immature, undeveloped
an unformed thought
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