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[sheyp-lee] /ˈʃeɪp li/
adjective, shapelier, shapeliest.
having a pleasing shape, especially with reference to a woman's figure.
Origin of shapely
1325-75; shape + -ly; replacing Middle English shaply, schaply; compare Old English gesceaplīce (adv.) fitly
Related forms
shapeliness, noun
unshapeliness, noun
unshapely, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shapely
  • The speaker and the microphone are mounted in the shapely handset.
  • Suits were shapely and nonaggressive, even with their wide shoulders.
  • As she summons the field hands for their meal, a gust of wind reveals a provocative bit of petticoat and her shapely ankles.
  • Quilled petals create shapely, fragrant blooms that are double, full and large.
  • The head was adorned with long tresses of human hair, and crowned with a shapely feather helmet.
  • As they got within a few meters, they recognized the shapely tail of a whale.
British Dictionary definitions for shapely


adjective -lier, -liest
(esp of a woman's body or legs) pleasing or attractive in shape
Derived Forms
shapeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shapely

"well-formed, having a regular and pleasing shape," late 14c., from shape (n.) + -ly (1). Related: Shapeliness.

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