Shapely feet?

4 replies
Hi

Can we use the word "shapely" with feet or hands?
Her feet are very shapely.
Thanks,

Tom
Senior Member2,637
Moderator: A super-user who takes care of the forums. You have the ability to message a moderator privately should you wish. These users have a range of elevated privileges including the deletion, editing and movement of posts when needed.
I guess, if you have an idea of what ideal feet look like and hers look like them. I would find it weird that you would even notice the shape of someone's feet.
Veteran Member27,513
Proficient Speaker: Users in this role are known to maintain an excellent grasp of the English language. You can only be promoted to this role by the Englishforums team.Retired Moderator: A moderator who has retired.Trusted Users: Trusted users are allowed to use additional capabilities of the site such as private messaging to all users and various other advanced features. You cannot join this role unless you are promoted by an administrator.
Anonymous:
Hey I just looked up what shapely feet are on google and this page poped up. I believe this quote was on the 2001 Hannibal movie and I wanted to know what it means.

LECTER'S VOICE
The reason we're doing it like this,
Clarice, is because I'd like to see you
as we speak. With your eyes open. No,
it doesn't
excite me. Yes, it pleases
me. You have very shapely feet. Where
are we now? Call it out.


Could there possibly be another meaning to it rather than the shape of some ones actual feet? And if you can, please elaborate the meaning of this quote. Thanks,
Addie
Hi Tom,
Back in the old days when a woman's dress covered her all the way to the ground, feet were more 'exciting' than they are today. The poets would extol the beauty of a shapely foot or a finely turned ankle. Granted this was probably a polite way of saying they found the rest of the person shapely as well but were too discreet to say so.

In some non-English cultures, small feet are looked upon as a mark of beauty--in a woman at least. So, yes, a foot can be described as shapely. The same could be true of hands but in BrE i have seen it more often as: She had fine hands with long slender fingers.

Best wishes,
TrysB
Full Member156
Proficient Speaker: Users in this role are known to maintain an excellent grasp of the English language. You can only be promoted to this role by the Englishforums team.
Hi,

Where I live, I've seen some Muslim women werar gloves, to avoid unwelcome attention to their hands.

Clive
Veteran Member69,541
Moderator: A super-user who takes care of the forums. You have the ability to message a moderator privately should you wish. These users have a range of elevated privileges including the deletion, editing and movement of posts when needed.Teachers: Users in this role are certified teachers. This may include DELTA, CELTA, TESOL, TEFL qualified professionals. Email a scan of your qualification to an admin, if you wish to be considered.
Live chat
Registered users can join here