lacking a definite or regular form or shape; shapeless.

Origin of formless

First recorded in 1585–95; form + -less
Related formsform·less·ly, adverbform·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for formless

Contemporary Examples of formless

Historical Examples of formless

  • 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 Formsformlessly, adverbformlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for formless

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

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