Origin of unshipped

1710–20; un-1 + shipped


verb (used with object), un·shipped, un·ship·ping.
  1. to put or take off from a ship, as persons or goods.
  2. to remove from the place proper for its use, as an oar or tiller.
verb (used without object), un·shipped, un·ship·ping.
  1. to become unloaded or removed.

Origin of unship

1400–50; late Middle English unshippen; see un-2, ship1
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Related Words for unshipped

empty, send, remove, unlade, unpack, unburden, disburden, off-load, unship, unstow

Examples from the Web for unshipped

Historical Examples of unshipped

  • No, I have unshipped the rudder, and you will have nothing to do but sit still and wonder.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • But I found that the sash was not locked and that the flyscreen could be unshipped from the outside.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • She ran foul of the Courier steamer, and unshipped her rudder.

    Flora Lyndsay

    Susan Moodie

  • Aye, they are even now in such danger they should be unshipped.

    The Landing of the Pilgrims

    Henry Fisk Carlton

  • Their use is to prevent the loss of the rudder if by any accident it should get unshipped.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for unshipped


verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped
  1. to be or cause to be unloaded, discharged, or disembarked from a ship
  2. (tr) nautical to remove from a regular placeto unship oars
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