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1. Having no shape; formless.
2. Badly shaped; misshapen.
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1. having no definite shape; shapeless
2. deformed; misshapen
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(ʌnˈʃeɪ pən)

1. not shaped or definitely formed; shapeless; formless.
2. not shapely; ill-formed.
3. misshapen or deformed.
[1300–50; Middle English; Old English unsceapen. See un-1, shape, -en3]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unshapen - incompletely or imperfectly shapedunshapen - incompletely or imperfectly shaped; "unshaped dough"; "unshaped timbers"
unformed - not having form or shape; "unformed clay"
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In young, childish, ignorant souls there is constantly this blind trust in some unshapen chance: it is as hard to a boy or girl to believe that a great wretchedness will actually befall them as to believe that they will die.
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