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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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Examples from the Web for shopkeeping
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  • And what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shopkeeping nation.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • shopkeeping is here profitable, and mechanics are highly paid.

  • "And shopkeeping Englishmen," murmured Clyffurde, under his breath.

    The Bronze Eagle

    Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • They indeed were so once, but the shopkeepers have long ceased from their shopkeeping.

    The Hardy Country Charles G. Harper
  • Sir Coutts Lindsay is described as an amateur, both in art and shopkeeping, who must take up one business or the other.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Farming, preaching, and shopkeeping are secondary matters, to be regulated according to the needs of the family.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • Women lose themselves in it as men lose themselves in shopkeeping, farming, editing.

  • Shadrach knew nothing of shopkeeping, and Joanna very little, but they hoped to learn.

    Life's Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
  • And on the strength of this he would have nothing more to do with his shopkeeping parents in Naples.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • It is better than shopkeeping, because the money comes by itself; and it is infinitely more genteel.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for shopkeeping


a person who owns or manages a shop or small store
Derived Forms
shopkeeping, noun
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Word Origin and History for shopkeeping



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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