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


[mis-sheyp, mish-] /mɪsˈʃeɪp, mɪʃ-/
verb (used with object), misshaped, misshaped or misshapen, misshaping.
to shape badly or wrongly; deform.
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at mis-1, shape Unabridged
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  • Such conditions may also be responsible for misshapen fruits.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • Semi-human in form, it looked like some misshapen, bent, headless giant.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • Other "landscapists" placed in their gardens old ruins, misshapen rocks, and even dead trees, in order to look "natural."

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • It was crude and misshapen, and leered at her, filling her heart with fear.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Not a cloud appeared and the long lines of troops resting on their arms looked like misshapen hedgerows in the faint light.

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

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
  • Since I avoid death, I must be wary of his misshapen brother.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Who on earth can have amused himself with drawing a misshapen flint?

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • At hatching the shell may be misshapen as a result of confinement in the egg.

British Dictionary definitions for misshapen


badly shaped; deformed
Derived Forms
misshapenly, adverb
misshapenness, noun


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

"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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