Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Graceful; symmetrical.

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Usage examples "shapely":

  1. The error, if such it be, is easily explained by the fact that portrait engravers seldom cut the lettering of a plate themselves, but have it engraved by others, who have a special aptitude for making shapely letters. - "A Short History of Monks and Monasteries", Alfred Wesley Wishart.
  2. Lady Glanedale gazed at his long, shapely hands as if hypnotised. - "Malcolm Sage, Detective", Herbert George Jenkins.
  3. Gall- flies pierce plant- tissues within which their grubs find shelter and food, the plant responding to the irritation due to the presence of the larva by forming a characteristic growth, the gall, pathological but often regular and shapely, in whose hollow chamber the grub lives and eats. - "The Life-Story of Insects", Geo. H. Carpenter.