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From mis- +‎ shape.


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈmɪsʃeɪp/
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  • (verb) IPA(key): /mɪsˈʃeɪp/
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misshape (plural misshapes)

  1. (obsolete) A misshapen person; a misshapen body. [14th–17th c.]
  2. A misshapen object; now especially, a broken item (especially food) sold individually at a cheaper price. [from 19th c.]
    • 1995, Jarvis Cocker et al., Mis-Shapes:
      Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits
      Raised on a diet of broken biscuits.


misshape (third-person singular simple present misshapes, present participle misshaping, simple past misshaped, past participle misshaped or (obsolete or poetic) misshapen)

  1. To shape badly or incorrectly. [from 15th c.]
    • 1989, John Irving, chapter 9, in A Prayer for Owen Meany[1], New York: Ballantine Books, published 1990, page 601:
      Major Rawls drove us to our motel [] where a swimming pool with underwater lights had the disturbing effect of substantially enlarging and misshaping the swimmers.

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