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early 13c., from Old French forme "physical form, appearance, pleasing looks; shape, image," from Latin forma "form, contour, figure, shape; appearance, looks' model, pattern, design; sort, kind condition," origin unknown. One theory holds that it is from Greek morphe "form, beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus) via Etruscan [Klein]. Sense of "behavior" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "a document with blanks to be filled in" is from 1855.
c.1300, from Old French fourmer, from Latin formare, from forma "form, contour, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). Related: Formed; forming.
Having the form of: plexiform.
The record of past performances by a horse, team, competitor, etc; the BOOK, track record: What's the form on General Electric this quarter?/ The form on the little gelding is super
[1940s+ Horse racing; fr form, ''the fitness or condition of a racehorse,'' which is found by 1760]