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shipshape

[ ship-sheyp ]
/ ˈʃɪpˌʃeɪp /
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adjective

in good order; well-arranged; trim or tidy.

adverb

in a shipshape manner.

RELATED WORDS

businesslike, chipper, clean, neat, ordered, orderly, spick-and-span, trim, well-groomed, uncluttered, well-kept

Nearby words

shipping lane, shipping room, shipping ton, shippon, ships that pass in the night, shipshape, shipside, shipton, mother, shipway, shipworm, shipwreck

Origin of shipshape

First recorded in 1635–45; ship1 + shape
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British Dictionary definitions for shipshape

shipshape

/ (ˈʃɪpˌʃeɪp) /

adjective

neat; orderly

adverb

in a neat and orderly manner
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Word Origin and History for shipshape

shipshape


adj.

also ship-shape, "properly arranged," 1640s, originally "according to the fashion of a (sailing) ship," where neatness is a priority and the rigging must be serviceable and stowed properly; from ship (n.) + shape (n.).

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