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[fawrm-lis] /ˈfɔrm lɪs/
lacking a definite or regular form or shape; shapeless.
Origin of formless
First recorded in 1585-95; form + -less
Related forms
formlessly, adverb
formlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • She had been to church; had confessed indeterminate sins to a formless and unresponsive deity.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • A thing not of earth is present,—a mistlike, formless thing.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Demeter is rather the fruitful soil regarded as a person than the elder Titanic formless earth personified as Ga.

  • A formless object cannot inform the mind, cannot mould it to a new habit.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • It was wordless and formless, just an inarticulate cry for help in the hour of need.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for formless


without a definite shape or form; amorphous
Derived Forms
formlessly, adverb
formlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for formless

1590s, from form (n.) + -less. Related: Formlessly; formlessness.

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