un·​shape·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈshā-plē How to pronounce unshapely (audio) \
unshapelier; unshapeliest

Definition of unshapely

: 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

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unshapeliness noun

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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, "Horacio Salinas’s Charming Carnival of Creatures," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unshapely

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unshapely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshapely. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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