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[shop-kee-per] /ˈʃɒpˌki pər/
a retail merchant or tradesman; a person who owns or operates a small store or shop.
Origin of shopkeeper
First recorded in 1520-30; shop + keeper
Related forms
shopkeeping, noun Unabridged
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  • Mr. Wardour would be a gentleman all the same if he were a shopkeeper or a blacksmith.

    Mary Marston George MacDonald
  • You look like some sort of shopkeeper, or pedlar, or a retired servant.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • The shopkeeper is very good-natured; he will show you everything he has, and does not seem to mind if you buy nothing.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • He gives credit to the shopkeeper, who, in his turn, gives credit to the labourer.

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • The doctor is the slave of his patients, the shopkeeper of his clients.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for shopkeeper


a person who owns or manages a shop or small store
Derived Forms
shopkeeping, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shopkeeper

1520s, from shop (n.) + keeper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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