[mis-shey-puh n, mish-]


badly shaped; deformed.

Origin of misshapen

1350–1400; Middle English: past participle of misshape; see -en3
Related formsmis·shap·en·ly, adverbmis·shap·en·ness, noun


[mis-sheyp, mish-]

verb (used with object), mis·shaped, mis·shaped or mis·shap·en, mis·shap·ing.

to shape badly or wrongly; deform.

Origin of misshape

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mis-1, shape
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badly shaped; deformed
Derived Formsmisshapenly, adverbmisshapenness, noun


verb (ˌmɪsˈʃeɪp) -shapes, -shaping, -shaped, -shaped or -shapen (tr)

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.).

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