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  • adj. Not having a distinct shape

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not shapely; not well-formed; ill-formed.

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

  • adj. not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape


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  • Now, quit trying to pretend you're Chile, manifest your unshapely destiny, start eating more Ding Dongs, and save Hostess.

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  • There was a row of mis shapen, unshapely, fat, old bottoms, outlined in stretchy pants.

    Modest Feminine Dress From the Pages of 1990 Victoria Magazine

  • Short, unshapely and not always able to produce respectable middle-class vowel sounds, HG Wells was perhaps the least likely sex machine in literary history.

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  • If this had been years ago, Eilis thought, she would have worried during the entire journey from Enniscorthy about her swimsuit and its style, about whether she was too unshapely or awkward on the beach, or what George and Jim would think of her.


  • It's an unshapely classic, full of flaws: the gang's idyllic interlude in a Mexican village exudes gringo sentimentality, and Peckinpah, under the influence of "" The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, '' overworks the stagy effect of hearty, ironic laughter.

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  • I once watched an episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown completely missed this point, and his unshapely “dumplings” settled on their convex sides.


  • Through the Coan silk it is as easy for you to see as if she were naked, whether she has an unshapely leg, whether her foot is ugly; her waist you can examine with your eyes.


  • Our social world is like the natural globe, rude and unshapely, but possessing a principle of preservation; it would be folly to wish that mountains, seas, and rivers were traced in regular and finished forms; it would be a still greater folly to expect from man the perfection of wisdom; it would be as weak as to wish to attach wings to dogs or horns to eagles.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Either Tommy or Mr. Conlon is ‘molding the unshapely clay of truth.’

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  • They walk around in the "nursing home look" (jeans, tee shirt, reboks) revealing their unshapely bottems, and yet I wouldn't ever say to them (although I would DREAM of it) "Don't you EVER wear a dress?"

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