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

Examples from the Web for shapeless

Contemporary Examples of shapeless

Historical Examples of shapeless

  • The pious Llewelyn began his song from the rude and shapeless chaos.


    William Godwin

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


    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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper