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[ sheyp-lis ]


  1. having no definite or regular shape or form:

    a shapeless mass of clay.

  2. lacking beauty or elegance of form.


/ ˈʃeɪplɪs /


  1. having no definite shape or form

    a shapeless mass

    a shapeless argument

  2. lacking a symmetrical or aesthetically pleasing shape

    a shapeless figure

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Derived Forms

  • ˈshapelessness, noun
  • ˈshapelessly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • shapeless·ly adverb
  • shapeless·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shapeless1

1250–1300; shape + -less; replacing Middle English scaples

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Example Sentences

What humans choose to do with this shapeless primordial stuff leaking through the cracks can often be almost comical.

New mothers want two hammocks made of soft, shapeless cotton sewn together and viewed only in a darkened room.

For women attempting to hide the consequences of illicit congress from the world, shapeless dresses only go so far.

People can nitpick ... but we were going for something a bit more shapeless and ethereal than the usual biopic.

And your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all.

The loping pursuit of that nameless, shapeless Something sounded like an echo in his head.

Whether it be found in large shapeless masses, or in strata?

From these shapeless rudiments we have, it is true, an immense distance to travel before we arrive at syntax.

Presently Joe raked from among the embers a dozen or more black, shapeless objects.

The little being lay at the feet of its mother, almost shapeless, and already blackened and shriveled by the fiery sun.


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