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shapely

[sheyp-lee]
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adjective, shape·li·er, shape·li·est.
  1. having a pleasing shape, especially with reference to a woman's figure.
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Origin of shapely

1325–75; shape + -ly; replacing Middle English shaply, schaply; compare Old English gesceaplīce (adv.) fitly
Related formsshape·li·ness, nounun·shape·li·ness, nounun·shape·ly, adjective
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Related Words for shapely

curvaceous, rounded, elegant, comely, graceful, pleasing, balanced, beautiful, built, neat, regular, statuesque, symmetrical, trim, sightly, full-figured, proportioned, sylphlike, well-formed, well-turned

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Historical Examples of shapely

  • A shapely one he is, and strong, as e'er from cast was cast.

  • The hands and wrists of this lady were very white and shapely.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • A slight shake of Edith's small, shapely head served for answer.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Even her hands, reddened and calloused by labor, were well kept and shapely.

  • She did not raise her shapely head, but her glance was no dream thing.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for shapely

shapely

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. (esp of a woman's body or legs) pleasing or attractive in shape
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Derived Formsshapeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shapely

adj.

"well-formed, having a regular and pleasing shape," late 14c., from shape (n.) + -ly (1). Related: Shapeliness.

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