shipping

1
[ ship-ing ]
/ ˈʃɪp ɪŋ /

noun

the act or business of a person or thing that ships.
a number of ships, especially merchant ships, taken as a whole; tonnage.
Obsolete. a voyage.

Nearby words

  1. shipment,
  2. shipowner,
  3. shippable,
  4. shipper,
  5. shippie,
  6. shipping agent,
  7. shipping articles,
  8. shipping clerk,
  9. shipping fever,
  10. shipping lane

Origin of shipping

1
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at ship1, -ing1

Related formsnon·ship·ping, adjective

shipping

2
[ ship-ing ]
/ ˈʃɪp ɪŋ /

noun Slang.

the act or practice of taking an interest in a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people, whether or not the romance actually exists, as by writing fan fiction: the shipping of TV characters; shipping in webcomics.

Origin of shipping

2
First recorded in 1990–95; (relation)ship + -ing1

Origin of ship

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English scip; cognate with Dutch schip, German Schiff, Old Norse, Gothic skip; (v.) Middle English s(c)hip(p)en, derivative of the noun

Related formsship·less, adjectiveship·less·ly, adverbmis·ship, verb, mis·shipped, mis·ship·ping.pre·ship, verb (used with object), pre·shipped, pre·ship·ping.

Can be confusedbarge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht

ship

2
[ ship ]
/ ʃɪp /
Slang.

noun

a romantic relationship between fictional characters, especially one that people discuss, write about, or take an interest in, whether or not the romance actually exists in the original book, show, etc.: popular ships in fan fiction.

verb (used with or without object), shipped, ship·ping.

to discuss, write about, or take an interest in a romantic relationship between (fictional characters): I'm shipping for those guys—they would make a great couple!

Origin of ship

2
First recorded in 1995–2000; shortening of relationship

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British Dictionary definitions for shipping

shipping

/ (ˈʃɪpɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the business of transporting freight, esp by ship
  2. (as modifier)a shipping magnate; shipping line
  1. ships collectivelythere is a lot of shipping in the Channel
  2. the tonnage of a number of shipsshipping for this year exceeded that of last

ship

/ (ʃɪp) /

noun

verb ships, shipping or shipped

See also ship out

Derived Formsshippable, adjective

Word Origin for ship

Old English scip; related to Old Norse skip, Old High German skif ship, scipfī cup

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Word Origin and History for shipping
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Idioms and Phrases with shipping

ship

In addition to the idioms beginning with ship

  • ship of state
  • ship out
  • ships that pass in the night

also see:

  • desert a sinking ship
  • enough to sink a ship
  • shape up (or ship out)
  • tight ship
  • when one's ship comes in
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