Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Shapeless character or condition; lack of regular or definite form.

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  • noun uncountable The property of being shapeless.
  • noun countable The result or product of being shapeless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of lacking an esthetically pleasing shape
  • noun an amorphous or indefinite shape

Etymologies

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From shapeless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Like the contemporary criticism of Olympia, for example, which jeered at Manet for his crude indecency, or that of War and Peace, which condescended to Tolstoy for the inept "shapelessness" of the novel, it now seems magnificently misguided.

    Justice to J.D. Salinger

  • There was one thing that survived the "shapelessness".

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • His edges had been chipped, but the result had not, he thought, been character --- only shapelessness, like an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art. --- from Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.

    Jim Wormolds chipped edges

  • She was clad entirely in white, and looked very young and quite tall in the sweeping folds of a holoku of elaborate simplicity and apparent shapelessness.

    CHAPTER XV

  • His edges had been chipped, but the result had not, he thought, been character --- only shapelessness, like an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art. --- from Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Hanley Black surveyed his wife's criminal shapelessness and voluminousness of antediluvian, New-England swimming dress with a withering, contemplative eye.

    THE KANAKA SURF

  • At least, one would argue that her body must be robust from her fashion of movement of it, though little could one divine the lines of it under the shapelessness of the furs.

    CHAPTER I

  • Their window of perfection is indeed brief, a day or two at most, then a slow descent towards soft shapelessness.

    Tender delights

  • He was clad in faded overalls and black cotton shirt, with hobnailed brogans on his feet, and on his head a hat whose shapelessness and stains advertised the rough usage of wind and rain and sun and camp-smoke.

    All Gold Cañon

  • He was clad in faded overalls and black cotton shirt, with hobnailed brogans on his feet, and on his head a hat whose shapelessness and stains advertised the rough usage of wind and rain and sun and camp-smoke.

    All Gold Canon

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