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)

  1. (transitive, Britain 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.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To put out of shape; distort; make misshapen; disfigure.