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shape·less

 (shāp′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking a definite shape.
2. Lacking symmetrical or attractive form; not shapely: a shapeless muumuu.

shape′less·ly adv.
shape′less·ness n.

shapeless

(ˈʃeɪplɪs)
adj
1. having no definite shape or form: a shapeless mass; a shapeless argument.
2. lacking a symmetrical or aesthetically pleasing shape: a shapeless figure.
ˈshapelessly adv
ˈshapelessness n

shape•less

(ˈʃeɪp lɪs)

adj.
1. having no definite shape or form.
2. lacking a pleasing shape.
[1250–1300]
shape′less•ly, adv.
shape′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shapeless - having no definite form or distinct shapeshapeless - having no definite form or distinct shape; "amorphous clouds of insects"; "an aggregate of formless particles"; "a shapeless mass of protoplasm"
unformed - not having form or shape; "unformed clay"
2.shapeless - lacking symmetry or attractive form; "a shapeless hat on his head"
unshapely - not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape; "a stout unshapely woman"

shapeless

adjective formless, irregular, amorphous, unstructured, misshapen, asymmetrical She never wore anything but shapeless black dresses.
well-formed, well-turned, well-proportioned

shapeless

adjective
Having no distinct shape:
Translations
عَديم الشَّكْل
neforemný
formløs
alaktalan
formlaus
neforemný

shapeless

[ˈʃeɪplɪs] ADJsin forma definida, informe (frm)

shapeless

[ˈʃeɪpləs] adjinforme, sans forme

shapeless

adjformlos; (= ugly)unförmig

shapeless

[ˈʃeɪplɪs] adjinforme, senza forma

shape

(ʃeip) noun
1. the external form or outline of anything. People are all (of) different shapes and sizes; The house is built in the shape of a letter L.
2. an indistinct form. I saw a large shape in front of me in the darkness.
3. condition or state. You're in better physical shape than I am.
verb
1. to make into a certain shape, to form or model. She shaped the dough into three separate loaves.
2. to influence the nature of strongly. This event shaped his whole life.
3. (sometimes with up) to develop. The team is shaping (up) well.
shaped adjective
having a certain shape. A rugby ball is egg-shaped.
ˈshapeless adjective
lacking shape. She wears a shapeless, baggy coat.
ˈshapelessness noun
ˈshapely adjective
well-formed and having an attractive shape. She has long, shapely legs.
ˈshapeliness noun
in any shape (or form)
at all. I don't accept bribes in any shape or form.
out of shape
not in the proper shape. I sat on my hat and it's rather out of shape.
take shape
to develop into a definite form. My garden is gradually taking shape.
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps a dozen times George Willard and the strange, shapeless man who lived at his father's hotel had been on the point of talking.
The swelling lines of her figure had been hidden under the shapeless rags she wore in the fields.
A gleam of exultation shot across the darkly-painted lineaments of the inhabitant of the forest, as he traced the route of his intended victims, who rode unconsciously onward, the light and graceful forms of the females waving among the trees, in the curvatures of their path, followed at each bend by the manly figure of Heyward, until, finally, the shapeless person of the singing master was concealed behind the numberless trunks of trees, that rose, in dark lines, in the intermediate space.
The world looked strange, wild, evil, hostile; my past life, so lonesome and dreary; my future, a shapeless gloom, which I must mould into gloomy shapes
Here and there, perchance, the walls may remain almost complete; but elsewhere may be only a shapeless mound, cumbrous with its very strength, and overgrown, through long years of peace and neglect, with grass and alien weeds.
He took a turn up and down the room, with his hands in the side-pockets of the long, loose, shapeless coat which he habitually wore.
So much compunction for having ever wronged him, even by a shapeless thought, did I feel within me, that the confession of having done so was rising to my lips.
From the palace you could see the rows and rows of roofless houses that made up the city looking like empty honeycombs filled with blackness; the shapeless block of stone that had been an idol in the square where four roads met; the pits and dimples at street corners where the public wells once stood, and the shattered domes of temples with wild figs sprouting on their sides.
Then he gored the prostrate thing through and through with his mighty tusks, trumpeting and roaring in his rage, and at last, convinced that no slightest spark of life remained in the crushed and lacerated flesh, he lifted the shapeless clay that had been Sven Malbihn far aloft and hurled the bloody mass, still entangled in canopy and hammock, over the boma and out into the jungle.
It came out black and clear-cut against the darkling sky; and presently a shapeless lump heaved up momentarily against the sky-line and vanished again.
A shapeless robe of sackcloth was girded about her waist with a knotted cord; her raven hair fell down upon her shoulders, and its blackness was defiled by pale streaks of ashes, which she had strown upon her head.
Before one squall has flown over to sink in the eastern board, the edge of another peeps up already above the western horizon, racing up swift, shapeless, like a black bag full of frozen water ready to burst over your devoted head.