From Middle English forshapen, forschapen (“to transform”), from Old English forscapan (“to transform”), from Proto-Germanic *fra- + *skapjaną, equivalent to for- + shape. Cognate with German verschaffen (“to provide, supply, furnish”), Swedish förskapa (“to cut out”).
forshape (third-person singular simple present forshapes, present participle forshaping, simple past forshope or forshaped, past participle forshapen or forshaped)
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To metamorphose; change the shape of; transform.
- Unkindelich he was transformed, That he which erst a man was formed, Into a woman was forshape[n]. ― Gower.
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To put out of shape; distort; make misshapen; disfigure.