un·​shape·​ly ˌən-ˈshā-plē How to pronounce unshapely (audio)
unshapelier; unshapeliest
: not having a regular or pleasing shape : not shapely
Frequently the book seems compiled rather than composed, facts and fiction accreting into a formidable but unshapely mass.R. Z. Sheppard
unshapeliness noun

Examples of unshapely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a child, Salinas spent countless hours in his father’s sooty workshop, watching him transform unshapely metal into useful objects. Elisabeth Biondi, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unshapely was in the 13th century

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“Unshapely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshapely. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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