shapely

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From Middle English schaply, schappely, schaplike, schapliche (well-shaped, beautiful, attractive), perhaps from Old English *ġesċeaplīċ (according to design, proper, fit) (suggested by Old English ġesċeaplīċe (properly, fitting, well)), equivalent to shape +‎ -ly.

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shapely (comparative shapelier or more shapely, superlative shapeliest or most shapely)

  1. Having a pleasing shape, pleasant to look at.
    • 2020 September 1, Tom Lamont, “The butcher's shop that lasted 300 years (give or take)”, in The Guardian[1]:
      It used to be, whenever Frank passed a rival butcher’s window (and later the curved glass of a supermarket meat counter), he would peer in unjealously, looking for the subtleties that spoke of talent with a knife. Were their fillets shapely?

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