[ 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 formsshape·less·ly, adverbshape·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shapeless


/ (ˈʃeɪplɪs) /


having no definite shape or forma shapeless mass; a shapeless argument
lacking a symmetrical or aesthetically pleasing shapea shapeless figure
Derived Formsshapelessly, adverbshapelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shapeless



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

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