Definitions

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  • n. The property of being shapely.
  • n. The result or product of being shapely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being shapely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being shapely; beauty of form.

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

  • n. the quality of having a well-rounded body

Etymologies

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From shapely +‎ -ness

Examples

  • In each case the material put forward for consumption has a certain shapeliness, a self-awareness of its own patternings, and an underlying message.

    Blogs and Essays « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Similarly with Cather, Torrance doesn't mention the Wharton/James-inspired craftsmanship of Alexander's Bridge, the manipulations of perspective in My Antonia, the formal "shapeliness" of a book like A Lost Lady.

    Experimental Fiction

  • In short, he has that fuller, subtler, and more universal kind of shapeliness which the unthinking (gazing at pigs and distinguished journalists) mistake for a mere absence of shape.

    Catholic and Enjoying It!

  • The first thing stories do is give shapeliness and form to what might look random and chaotic.

    American Wife « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Pianist Mahesh Balasooriya, still in his twenties, imbued his solos with shapeliness beyond his years.

    Debra Levine: L.A.'s Freedom Jazz Movement Plays China's Henan Province

  • Everyone who knows anything about science fiction knows robots would never be sexually interested in other robots, regardless of the shapeliness of their chest cowlings.

    MIND MELD: What Are The Coolest Robots in Science Fiction?

  • If you walk into the village, you can hardly fail to look up at their wonderful shapeliness and sheer size.

    Country diary: Horsington, Somerset

  • The men become caricatures of what physical men ought to be, and their women and children are pale and anaemic, with eyes ringed darkly, who stoop and slouch, and are early twisted out of all shapeliness and beauty.

    THE GHETTO

  • "It has a classical and deeply satisfying shapeliness, but also contains sequences of hilarious comic writing unrivalled in English literature."

    William Boot: Evelyn Waugh's legendary journalist

  • Much of this show – from Von Teese's strip, to the cartoonish shapeliness of skirt suits padded at the shoulder and hip, to the sheer stockings with a motif of the Eiffel Tower climbing the back of the leg – was designed to remind the audience that Gaultier has a strong heritage in lingerie-influenced fashion, from Madonna's bras to Kylie's corset dresses.

    Enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier puts striptease on the catwalk

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