Definition of formless in English:



  • Without a clear or definite shape or structure.

    ‘a dark and formless idea’
    • ‘Though the film's focus is on character and the structure appears loose, even formless at times, this is deceptive.’
    • ‘There, in the flickering firelight, she saw some formless shape join two waiting others.’
    • ‘It is a vague, formless mass movement motivated by divergent expectations of change.’
    • ‘Going beyond the literal meaning, the exhibition explored the nuanced implications of the formless substance that is dust.’
    • ‘After months of seemingly formless frame work the shape of the new community is emerging as the cladding is added to the exterior.’
    • ‘As he neared the hill the shapes took outlines of men instead of the formless gray lumps they'd appeared as.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to suspect, rather, that we are witnessing the emergence of a new but still largely formless language that will one day be the language of the world.’
    • ‘I shaped a new form out of an abstraction, out of a formless trace.’
    • ‘She moved back, her formless shape guarding him, but not blocking the path.’
    • ‘The zone suspends light and shadow, hanging them like a formless gray gauze.’
    • ‘A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.’
    • ‘This is now an addition of a new idea; it is completely formless and shapeless.’
    • ‘It seemed as if I had acquired no values from my own upbringing, as if I had no previous idea how human beings should treat each other, as if I was completely formless when I met him.’
    • ‘She ran without effort, the world reduced to formless blurs of color.’
    • ‘The real tragedy of this is that the band seems to have some really decent ideas hiding in these formless almost-songs.’
    • ‘A rampart of intricate and infinitely various shapes, it gives form to the formless open sea.’
    • ‘If a poem is random or formless, I think it's deficient.’
    • ‘Some people try to escape the formless mass of humanity - can you imagine 3 million people living in squalor in camps in one region?’
    • ‘The shapes begin to move faster and become more formless.’
    • ‘An idea slipped out, as formless at first as the faint shadows of the courtyard around them in the early rays of dawn.’
    shapeless, amorphous, unformed, unshaped
    nebulous, vague, hazy, misty, shadowy, ill-defined, indistinct, obscure, blurred, blurry, indefinite, indeterminate
    structureless, unstructured, ill-organized
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