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shapely

[sheyp-lee] /ˈʃeɪp li/
adjective, shapelier, shapeliest.
1.
having a pleasing shape, especially with reference to a woman's figure.
Origin of shapely
1325-1375
1325-75; shape + -ly; replacing Middle English shaply, schaply; compare Old English gesceaplīce (adv.) fitly
Related forms
shapeliness, noun
unshapeliness, noun
unshapely, adjective
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shapely

/ˈʃeɪplɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
(esp of a woman's body or legs) pleasing or attractive in shape
Derived Forms
shapeliness, noun
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adj.

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

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