Definition of shapeless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHāpləs/


(Especially of a garment) lacking a distinctive or attractive shape: women in shapeless cotton dresses
More example sentences
  • A heavyset woman in the rough shapeless dress of a common country woman came out of the house as they approached, looking rather taken aback by them all.
  • Her clothing was shapeless and indistinct, a dark covering that did little more than drape over her shoulders.
  • She too was dressed in animal skins, a short dress which showed off the outline of her body in a way the shapeless dresses she had worn in the Village never could.
formless, amorphous, unformed, indefinite
baggy, saggy, ill-fitting, sacklike, oversized, unshapely, formless



Pronunciation: /ˈSHāpləslē/
Example sentences
  • Soaked clothes hung shapelessly on our frames, and drenched locks of hair clung to our foreheads and faces.
  • Limited to a bug-zapping bass and mechanized handclaps, the song never builds from its repetitive drone, instead buzzing shapelessly for nearly three minutes as a bawdy in-joke.
  • Many of the early scenes of the battleship at sea were simply accompanied by shapelessly swirling chords, often suggesting they were unaware of the structure of the film they were accompanying.


Pronunciation: /ˈSHāpləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Even if this claim were true, which it virtually never is, why on earth should amoeba-like intellectual shapelessness be a good thing in a journalist?
  • Relaxed into a postmodern shapelessness, however, the poetry lacks the form that gave high modern poets such magnificent bearing.
  • There was the sort of sallow shapelessness about it that derives from simultaneous over-eating and under-sleeping.

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Syllabification: shape·less

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