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misshapen

[mis-shey-puh n, mish-] /mɪsˈʃeɪ pən, mɪʃ-/
adjective
1.
badly shaped; deformed.
Origin of misshapen
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: past participle of misshape; see -en3
Related forms
misshapenly, adverb
misshapenness, noun

misshape

[mis-sheyp, mish-] /mɪsˈʃeɪp, mɪʃ-/
verb (used with object), misshaped, misshaped or misshapen, misshaping.
1.
to shape badly or wrongly; deform.
Origin
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at mis-1, shape
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  • It was crude and misshapen, and leered at her, filling her heart with fear.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Ling had seemed so hairy, so misshapen, like a troll out of Gothic legends.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
  • There are other Dwarfs, but they are as unhandy as they are misshapen.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • As if you did not drive me crazy, you obese, misshapen wine skin!

  • Since I avoid death, I must be wary of his misshapen brother.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Over and over and over Amy washed and soothed the red, misshapen foot.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • Hideous and misshapen, mankind jeer at me as I pass the streets.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Semi-human in form, it looked like some misshapen, bent, headless giant.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • Its head was clumsy and misshapen, and altogether its aspect was very horrible.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for misshapen

misshapen

/ˌmɪsˈʃeɪpən/
adjective
1.
badly shaped; deformed
Derived Forms
misshapenly, adverb
misshapenness, noun

misshape

verb (transitive) (ˌmɪsˈʃeɪp) -shapes, -shaping, -shaped, -shaped, -shapen
1.
to shape badly; deform
noun (ˈmɪsˌʃeɪp)
2.
something that is badly shaped
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Word Origin and History for misshapen
adj.

"having a bad or ugly shape, crippled, deformed, monstrous," also "degraded, perverted," late 14c., from mis- (1) + old alternative past participle of shape (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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