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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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  • You can look into their mouths where the shopkeeper used to dip out the wine.

  • And he added, "'Horace was the son of a shopkeeper'—Horace who?"

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He, the shopkeeper, is superior to such broad and obvious humor as that.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • He was a shopkeeper in Oughterarde, and known to the whole neighbourhood.

    St. Patrick's Eve Charles James Lever
  • I expressed my immense preference for the shopkeeper of the two.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for shopkeeper


a person who owns or manages a shop or small store
Derived Forms
shopkeeping, noun
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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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