Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking a definite shape.
  • adj. Lacking symmetrical or attractive form; not shapely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. without shape

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of shape or regular form; wanting symmetry of dimensions; misshapen; -- opposed to shapely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of regular form; wanting symmetry of dimensions; deformed; amorphous.
  • That has no shaping tendency or effect; that effects nothing.

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

  • adj. having no definite form or distinct shape
  • adj. lacking symmetry or attractive form

Etymologies

shape +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (And of course one of the obvious reasons why lab coats are pretty shapeless is that they are designed to fit over your clothing, which may or may not be form fitting.)

    Science Fashion - Why is always about the boobs?

  • Even the gaunt women in shapeless garments who always came to the door to watch the wagon train go by were not unlike the stiff wooden figures of Mrs. Noah.

    The Windy Hill

  • This seems to render the name shapeless and improbable.

    Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • And I can't understand why My Effortless Brilliance was so disliked by audiences; I've heard it described as shapeless and dull, but I was riveted by the tensions in the character relations and the fearless mix of charm and vanity in the performance by

    GreenCine Daily

  • In fact, what abortion defenders refer to as a shapeless “blob of tissue” is in reality so clearly human that the truth must be carefully withheld from potential abortion customers or abortion providers would go out of business overnight.

    They still trot out the "blob of tissue" argument

  • He is called in various places villain, slave and tortoise; a moon-calf, that is, a shapeless lump; a fish, with legs like a man and fins like arms; a puppy-headed monster; a man monster; half a fish and half a monster; a plain fish; a mis-shaped knave; "as strange a thing as e'er I looked upon;" and it is said of him that his manners are as disproportioned as his shape.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • Think of coral-animals as being referred to as shapeless worms that "writhe and shrink their tortuous bodies to grotesque dimensions"!

    The Human Side of Animals

  • He was wearing a light-colored raincoat and the kind of shapeless light-colored beanie hat that old guys wear on the golf course when the sun is out or the rain is falling.

    One Shot

  • And Ariel Durant, who's wrapped in this kind of shapeless shmatte and there's this little old lady with gray hair, had the face of Madam

    Another Life: A Memoir of Other People

  • Knowledge or perception of the overlie [the Ideas] but only a dim awareness of the underlie, the shapeless which is not an Ideal-Principle.

    The Six Enneads.

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