- in good order; well-arranged; trim or tidy.
- in a shipshape manner.
Origin of shipshape
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Related Wordsbusinesslike, chipper, clean, neat, ordered, orderly, spick-and-span, trim, well-groomed, uncluttered, well-kept
Examples from the Web for shipshape
She loved a tidy house full of bright, beautiful objects like Crown Derby china, with everything neat and shipshape.Lady Thatcher in Full: Charles Moore on Writing Her Biography
June 10, 2013
The room, seen by the lamplight, was shiplike, but as decidedly not shipshape.
"What I like about that is the shipshape way she puts it," commented Captain Perez.
Now we're all taut and shipshape and nobody can get aboard to interrupt.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
When you and I have that talk that's comin' to us we want to be shipshape and on an even keel.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The crew, glad to have the cutter clean once more, had made all shipshape.In the King's Name
George Manville Fenn
- neat; orderly
- in a neat and orderly manner
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Word Origin and History for shipshape
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