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[sheyp-lis] /ˈʃeɪp lɪs/
having no definite or regular shape or form:
a shapeless mass of clay.
lacking beauty or elegance of form.
Origin of shapeless
1250-1300; shape + -less; replacing Middle English scaples
Related forms
shapelessly, adverb
shapelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • The pious Llewelyn began his song from the rude and shapeless chaos.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • A sound now invaded his ear, from the shapeless rocks behind him.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Vague, shapeless hints at projects rose in his brain as he looked at her.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • I felt that she was possessed by some shapeless dread which robbed her of all self-control.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • The figures of the others were almost obliterated and shapeless.

British Dictionary definitions for shapeless


having no definite shape or form: a shapeless mass, a shapeless argument
lacking a symmetrical or aesthetically pleasing shape: a shapeless figure
Derived Forms
shapelessly, adverb
shapelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shapeless

c.1300, from shape (n.) + -less. Related: Shapelessly; shapelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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