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misshapen

[mis-shey-puh n, mish-] /mɪsˈʃeɪ pən, mɪʃ-/
adjective
1.
badly shaped; deformed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: past participle of misshape; see -en3
Related forms
misshapenly, adverb
misshapenness, noun

misshape

[mis-sheyp, mish-] /mɪsˈʃeɪp, mɪʃ-/
verb (used with object), misshaped, misshaped or misshapen, misshaping.
1.
to shape badly or wrongly; deform.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English; see mis-1, shape
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Examples from the web for misshapen
  • Generations of inbreeding had left their bodies frail and misshapen.
  • Still, the wind snapped one of my tent's poles and it's oddly misshapen at first light.
  • The cell nuclei, if they are pre-cancerous, are misshapen and larger than healthy cell nuclei.
  • They are as plain and as misshapen as, well, people.
  • She became misshapen as her belly swelled: steroid side effects, her doctor thought.
  • The tree's misshapen trunk and blown-out top testify to a rough life.
  • Fruit from diseased trees are small, often misshapen, and typically some green color remains on ripened fruit.
  • All four points on the diamond have to fit together or the organization will be flawed and misshapen.
British Dictionary definitions for misshapen

misshapen

/ˌmɪsˈʃeɪpən/
adjective
1.
badly shaped; deformed
Derived Forms
misshapenly, adverb
misshapenness, noun

misshape

verb (transitive) (ˌmɪsˈʃeɪp) -shapes, -shaping, -shaped, -shaped, -shapen
1.
to shape badly; deform
noun (ˈmɪsˌʃeɪp)
2.
something that is badly shaped
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Word Origin and History for misshapen
adj.

"having a bad or ugly shape, crippled, deformed, monstrous," also "degraded, perverted," late 14c., from mis- (1) + old alternative past participle of shape (v.).

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