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  1. in a shipshape manner.

Origin of shipshape

First recorded in 1635–45; ship1 + shape Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of shipshape

Historical Examples of shipshape

  • The room, seen by the lamplight, was shiplike, but as decidedly not shipshape.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "What I like about that is the shipshape way she puts it," commented Captain Perez.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Now we're all taut and shipshape and nobody can get aboard to interrupt.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for shipshape


  1. neat; orderly
  1. in a neat and orderly manner
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Word Origin and History for shipshape

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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