Origin of shopping
- a course of instruction in a trade, as carpentry, printing, etc., consisting chiefly of training in the use of its tools and materials.
- a classroom in which such a course is given.
verb (used without object), shopped, shop·ping.
verb (used with object), shopped, shop·ping.
- to put into prison; jail.
- to behave treacherously toward; inform on; betray.
- to close a business temporarily, as at the end of the day.
- to suspend business operations permanently: They couldn't make a go of it and had to shut up shop.
Origin of shop
Examples from the Web for shopping
Contemporary Examples of shopping
Today, the city is an Asian hipster outpost, with shopping malls, clothing boutiques, and mixologist-prepared cocktails.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Gift cards are sold at kiosks in shopping malls or even websites that catering to this exchange market.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
In the shopping mall they follow me—in the Stanford shopping mall.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
She flew first class, stayed in a luxury penthouse suite and was given money for shopping along with her pay.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of shopping
Evelyn had been in the living-room when Grace and Elfreda returned from their shopping.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Shopping, however, seemed to be a small part of her business.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She had gone in to do some shopping, she explained, after Crane's greeting.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
One afternoon I went out to do some shopping, and when I came back he was gone.The Greater Inclination
He was stopped from reminding her by Phoebe's saying that she'd leave for a bit of shopping.Spacemen Never Die!
- in disarrayhis papers were all over the shop
- in every directionI've searched for it all over the shop
- to close business at the end of the day or permanently
- to become defensive or inactive
verb shops, shopping or shopped
Word Origin for shop
1764, "act or practice of visiting shops," verbal noun from shop (v.). Meaning "goods that have been purchased" is from 1934. Shopping bag attested from 1886; shopping list from 1913.
c.1300, "booth or shed for trade or work," perhaps from Old English scoppa, a rare word of uncertain meaning, apparently related to scypen "cowshed," from Proto-Germanic *skoppan "small additional structure" (cf. Old High German scopf "building without walls, porch," German dialectal Scopf "porch, cart-shed, barn," German Schuppen "a shed"), from root *skupp-. Or the Middle English word was acquired from Old French eschoppe "booth, stall" (Modern French échoppe), which is a Germanic loan-word from the same root.
Meaning "building or room set aside for sale of merchandise" is from mid-14c. Meaning "schoolroom equipped for teaching vocational arts" is from 1914, American English. Sense of "matters pertaining to one's trade" is from 1814 (as in talk shop (v.), 1860).
1680s, "to bring something to a shop, to expose for sale," from shop (n.). The meaning "to visit shops for the purpose of examining or purchasing goods" is first attested 1764. Related: Shopped; shopping. Shop around is from 1922. Shopping cart is recorded from 1956; shopping list first attested 1913; transferred and figurative use is from 1959.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shop
- shop around
- bull in a china shop
- close up (shop)
- set up (shop)
- shut up (shop)
- talk shop