Nearby words

  1. shanty,
  2. shantytown,
  3. shanxi,
  4. shaoxing,
  5. shaoyang,
  6. shape note,
  7. shape up,
  8. shape-note singing,
  9. shape-up,
  10. shaped

Idioms

    take shape, to assume a fixed form; become definite: The house is beginning to take shape.

Origin of shape

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English gesceapu (plural); replacing dial. shap, Middle English; Old English gesceap (singular); cognate with Old Norse skap state, mood; (v.) Middle English; Old English sceapen (past participle); replacing Middle English sheppe, shippe, Old English sceppan, scyppan; cognate with German schaffen, Old Norse skepja, Gothic -skapjan to make

SYNONYMS FOR shape
1. silhouette, appearance. See form. 4. specter, illusion. 7. order, pattern. 8. order, situation. 14. mold, model.

Related forms

SHAPE

or Shape

[ sheyp ]
/ ʃeɪp /

noun

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe.
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British Dictionary definitions for shapes

shape

/ (ʃeɪp) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsshapable or shapeable, adjectiveshaper, noun

Word Origin for shape

Old English gesceap, literally: that which is created, from scieppan to create; related to sceap sexual organs, Old Norse skap destiny, Old High German scaf form

SHAPE

/ (ʃeɪp) /

n acronym for

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
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Word Origin and History for shapes
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shapes

shape

In addition to the idiom beginning with shape

  • shape up

also see:

  • bent out of shape
  • in condition (shape)
  • lick into shape
  • take shape
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