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.

Origin of shipping

1
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at ship1, -ing1
Related formsnon·ship·ping, adjective

Definition for shipping (2 of 4)

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

Definition for shipping (3 of 4)

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.

Definition for shipping (4 of 4)

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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for shipping (2 of 2)

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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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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