Shapelier
Shapely Shape"ly, a. [Compar. {Shapelier}; superl. {Shapeliest}.] 1. Well-formed; having a regular shape; comely; symmetrical. --T. Warton. [1913 Webster]

Waste sandy valleys, once perplexed with thorn, The spiry fir and shapely box adorn. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Where the shapely column stood. --Couper. [1913 Webster]

2. Fit; suitable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Shaply for to be an alderman. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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