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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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  • To Molly, the road home was like a dark passage full of formless fears.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • A colossal and formless something was rushing across the field of his vision.

    White Fang Jack London
  • How can so formless a thing, still waiting for its Spiritual Body, be beautiful?

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
  • They gathered like the formless winter clouds, without falling in any rain.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • His old dormant, formless lust for power stirred again in his pulses.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
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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