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  1. faultily or anomalously formed.
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Origin of malformed

First recorded in 1810–20; mal- + formed


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Related Words

abnormal, crooked, deformed, grotesque, irregular, misshapen, twisted, contorted, warped

Examples from the Web for malformed

Historical Examples

  • Presently a slow idea was born in the poor, malformed brain.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • If he was often malformed in body and mind, this was the fault of his sins.

  • Under these were the Schrees, and under these the malformed working caste or castes.

  • Her heart was heavy because of the child, almost as if it were unhealthy, or malformed.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • In addition, skulls of many young and even juveniles were malformed.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

Word Origin and History for malformed


1801, from mal- + formed, past participle of form (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

malformed in Medicine


  1. Abnormally or faultily formed.
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