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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  • shapely — adjective (shapelier; est) Date: 14th century 1. having a regular or pleasing shape 2. orderly and consistent in arrangement or plan < shapely essays > • shapeliness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • shapely — shape|ly [ˈʃeıpli] adj having a body that has an attractive shape ▪ She had long shapely legs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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