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[uhn-shey-puh n]
  1. not shaped or definitely formed; shapeless; formless; indefinite.
  2. not shapely; unpleasing in shape; ill-formed.
  3. misshapen or deformed.
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Origin of unshapen

1300–50; Middle English; Old English unsceapen. See un-1, shape, -en3
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Historical Examples of unshapen

  • Such a desire was the mother of monstrous and unshapen things.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • Sometimes, however, his thoughts are unshapen, and as it were rough-hewn and rugged.

  • They were rough and unshapen externally, as when hewn down in their native forest, and appeared to have been split open.

  • He had only his unshapen dreams that battled with him in dark places, the unborn that struggled in his brain for birth.

  • It cannot be denied that he leaves imbedded in his fabric lumps of unshapen material, which mar the symmetry of his art.

British Dictionary definitions for unshapen


  1. having no definite shape; shapeless
  2. deformed; misshapen
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