Definition of shapeless in English:



  • (especially of a garment) lacking a distinctive or attractive shape.

    ‘she wore a shapeless frock and no make-up’
    • ‘The youngest was skinny and shapeless in a flowery dress.’
    • ‘In addition there was a fellow in a brown bowler hat, another in a shapeless cloth cap with a peak, and both added their encouragements, turning to Waistcoat in a laconic collusion.’
    • ‘Ferran has cropped the images and displayed the women anonymously: shapeless, uniformed midsections reflecting stolen identities.’
    • ‘Culture is, of course, yet another of those large, baggy, rather shapeless words which this story keeps stumbling over.’
    • ‘He was still in his work clothes, namely, shapeless trousers and a rugby top that all the staff, male and female, had to wear.’
    • ‘Her clothing was shapeless and indistinct, a dark covering that did little more than drape over her shoulders.’
    • ‘Russia is no longer the land of shapeless shifts and ill-fitting polyester shirts.’
    • ‘The new download world will hopefully see an end to those shapeless 20-track CD monsters that seemed to equate quality with amount, as if you weigh music by the kilo.’
    • ‘Emma's miniskirt formed an incongruous addition to this parade of shapeless sack dresses, zip off trousers and sandals.’
    • ‘She was almost embarrassed by the plain, shapeless white dress she wore.’
    • ‘In the salty dark, we're moved by some shapeless desire-no barracuda lust for flesh, no migratory edict driving us to thrash and leap upstream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her body was also shapeless, hidden under a long dress.’
    • ‘It was shapeless and somewhat distorted (thanks to the relentless sun's rays), yet it was highly visible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I myself wore a shapeless dress that appeared to be yellowing with age, but was actually intended to be that colour.’
    • ‘For Sigmund Freud, childhood was a paradox in that one's identity emerges at the very time when one's morals and emotions are shapeless.’
    • ‘She was wearing the most shapeless bag of a dress, more of a cloth sack, actually, and was pressing her books to her chest, humming as she walked to school.’
    • ‘Laid out on the bed was a long sleeved, shapeless, faded black dress with patches at the bottom.’
    • ‘Dull, padded beige jackets and shapeless viscose dresses will go, in favour of the sheepskin gilets and long woollen cardigans sported by the rest of the high street.’
    formless, amorphous, unformed, indefinite, nebulous
    baggy, badly cut, sack-like, tent-like, oversized, boyfriend, sagging, saggy, slouchy, ill-fitting, ill-proportioned, inelegant, unshapely, formless
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