[ shop-ing ]
/ ˈʃɒp ɪŋ /


the act of a person who shops.
the facilities or merchandise available to those who shop: Chicago has good shopping.


of, for, or pertaining to examining and buying merchandise: a shopping trip.

Origin of shopping

First recorded in 1755–65; shop + -ing1, -ing2

Definition for shopping (2 of 2)

Origin of shop

1250–1300; Middle English shoppe (noun), Old English sceoppa booth; akin to scypen stall, shippon, German Schopf lean-to, Schuppen shed

Related forms

in·ter·shop, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shopping

British Dictionary definitions for shopping (1 of 2)


/ (ˈʃɒpɪŋ) /


a number or collection of articles purchased
the act or an instance of making purchases

British Dictionary definitions for shopping (2 of 2)


/ (ʃɒp) /


verb shops, shopping or shopped

(intr often foll by for) to visit a shop or shops in search of (goods) with the intention of buying them
(tr) slang, mainly British to inform on or betray, esp to the police

Word Origin for shop

Old English sceoppa stall, booth; related to Old High German scopf shed, Middle Dutch schoppe stall
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Idioms and Phrases with shopping


In addition to the idiom beginning with shop

  • shop around

also see:

  • bull in a china shop
  • close up (shop)
  • set up (shop)
  • shut up (shop)
  • talk shop
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