unshaped

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unshaped incompletely or imperfectly shaped "unshaped dough","unshaped timbers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unshaped Not shaped; shapeless; misshapen; deformed; ugly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, not + shaped, shapen,

Usage

In literature:

She held her peace; for the face and form before her were unshaped by rage.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
She looked middle-aged and unshapely, when he wanted youth and an exquisite loveliness.
"Dust" by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Almost stripped of its pleasant native turf, it bristled with the dense unshapely woods that grew up.
"The Danish History, Books I-IX" by Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
He was deep-chested, thick-legged, large-muscled, but unshapely.
"The Game" by Jack London
The subject is often wonderful, but nothing is made of it: it is left unshaped.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He was faintly roused by the church bells, and lay still, lingering with his sleep, his eyes closed, and his thoughts unshaped.
"Lin McLean" by Owen Wister
The influence of his mind was like light gleaming through an unshaped world.
"Grandfather's Chair" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Four men, with their loads, were permitted to cross in the small, unshapely, and cranky canoes.
"How I Found Livingstone" by Henry M. Stanley
No possible words that we might adapt to them could realize the unshaped beauty that they appear to possess.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The subject is often wonderful, but nothing is made of it: it is left unshaped.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
Suppose, then, two blocks of stone, side by side, one rough and unshaped, the other artistically shaped into a statue.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Abhor being fat, unshapely, and be unhappy over it, but never tell others how you feel.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
Ah, that Jean, of whom she had been thinking that very day, happy in the unshaped hope that perhaps she might see him once again!
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
Here it is not the crystal that is wanted, but the unshapely boulder.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
Yet this strange, unshapely creature has a distinct brain in a soft kind of skull, mandibles like a parrot, and plenty of sense.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
Her calico frock was voluminous, unshapely and starch-clean.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
We have grown jealous of the body, and we dress it in dull unshapely clothes, that we may cherish aspiration alone.
"The Cutting of an Agate" by William Butler Yeats
His figure had thickened, but was not unshapely, and had not lost a certain athletic grace.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
Unshaped fears, the more terrifying because vague, fill my heart.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
Save unshapely pieces for bread pudding, Brown Betty, or stuffings.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
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In poetry:

And then the gloom doth vex the sight
With crude, unshapely forms
Which hold throughout the yelling night
A fellowship with storms!
"Dungog" by Henry Kendall
GREAT thoughts in crude, unshapely verse set forth
Lose half their preciousness, and ever must.
Unless the diamond with its own rich dust
Be cut and polished, it seems little worth.
"Quatrains" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
MY OWN WILD BURNS! these rude-wrought rhymes of thine
In golden worth are like the unshapely coin
Of some new realm, yet pure as from the mine—
And Art may well be spared with such alloy
As dims the bullion to improve the die!
"Burns" by Charles Harpur