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

Definition of unformed

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

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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 That’s the naggingly unformed center of Ben Hania’s scenario, preventing any of her points about freedom, commerce and creativity from ever landing as satire, fable, tragedy or even issue-driven screed. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The indelibility of tattoos doesn’t transfer to ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’," 8 Apr. 2021 So very unformed, this protein nugget is going to take you on an embryonic journey that’ll last forever. Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, The New Yorker, "Dolls That Failed," 12 Mar. 2021 Joe, while seeking a way back to his own body, ends up mentoring a bratty unformed soul, 22 (voiced by Tina Fey). Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Review: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ is a warmly surreal look into what makes humans who we are," 25 Dec. 2020 Zimmerman liked to tutor unformed guitar players in a graveyard at midnight; some called him the devil for his ability to turn apparently unremarkable young men and women into masters. Greil Marcus, The New York Review of Books, "The Devil Had Nothing to Do With It," 17 Nov. 2020 Trump doesn’t use his Twitter account just to announce unformed policy. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "The dispatches that define the Trump presidency," 14 Oct. 2020 Maybe that’s why his identity as a filmmaker seems so vaguely unformed here. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Familiar Liam Neeson dramedy Made in Italy brings gnocchi but not much magic: Review," 6 Aug. 2020 The combination of the color of the coat, the isolation of the girl and the crepuscular woods brings to mind Little Red Riding Hood, an association that settles in your mind like an unformed thought. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘I Was at Home, but …’ Review: In Grief, What Dreams May Come," 12 Feb. 2020 Newsom’s plan is largely unformed and being introduced far in advance of the mid-June deadline for the state to pass its budget. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Mayors blast proposal for regional overseers of new homeless funding," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unformed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Unformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unformed. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unformed

: not fully or completely developed

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