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  1. not definitely shaped; shapeless or formless.
  2. undeveloped; crude.
  3. not formed; not created.
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Origin of unformed

First recorded in 1275–1325, unformed is from the Middle English word unfourmed. See un-1, form, -ed2
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  • Its style is unformed, sometimes rhetorical, sometimes familiar.

  • How mighty the influence of which the unformed minds of a group of children are susceptible!

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • And then the thought first came to my mind, all unformed, but still sweet.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

  • I was only an ignorant, silly, unformed girl, and you were so different.

    The Making of a Soul

    Kathlyn Rhodes

  • But she had to admit there was no telling what the mushrooms might do to Floating Lily's unformed spirit.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for unformed


  1. shapeless
  2. immature
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Word Origin and History for unformed


early 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of form (v.).

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