Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity)
  2. (noun, artifact) a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services
  3. (noun, artifact) small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done
  4. (verb, communication) give away information about somebody
  5. (verb, possession) do one's shopping
  6. (verb, possession) shop around; not necessarily buying
  7. (verb, social) do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

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Alternate forms of Shop

Derivations: shop, shopper, shopping

Hyponyms: antique, apothecary's shop, bakehouse, bakery, bakeshop, barbershop, bazaar, bazar, beauty parlor, beauty parlour, beauty salon, beauty shop, betting shop, bindery, bodega, bookbindery, bookshop, bookstall, bookstore, booth, boutique, brickfield, brickyard, building supply house, building supply store, butcher shop, candy store, canteen, chain store, chemist's, chemist's shop, chop shop, cleaners, clothing store, commissary, comparison-shop, computer store, confectionary, confectionery, convenience store, deli, delicatessen, dress shop, drugstore, dry cleaners, dye-works, fix-it shop, florist, florist shop, flower store, food shop, gift shop, haberdashery, haberdashery store, hardware store, hat shop, head shop, ironmonger, ironmonger's shop, junk shop, liquor store, loan office, machine shop, market, meat market, mens store, millinery, novelty shop, off-licence, outfitter, package store, pawnbroker's shop, pawnshop, perfumery, pet shop, pharmacy, pizza parlor, pizza shop, pizzeria, pottery, print shop, printing shop, repair shop, saddlery, salon, second-hand store, sell out, sheltered workshop, shoe shop, shoe store, shoe-shop, specialty store, thriftshop, tobacco shop, tobacconist, tobacconist shop, toyshop, turnery, window-shop

Hypernyms: back up, class, course, course of instruction, course of study, inform, look for, mercantile establishment, obtain, outlet, retail store, sales outlet, search, seek, support, work, workplace

Origin of the word Shop

  1. c.1300, perhaps from O.E. scoppa "booth or shed for trade or work" (rare), related to scypen "cowshed," from P.Gmc. *skoppan "small additional structure" (cf. O.H.G. scopf "building without walls, porch," Ger. dial. Scopf "porch, cart-shed, barn," Ger. Schuppen "a shed"), from base *skupp-. But it's likely that the M.E. word was … more
  2. 1688, "to bring something to a shop, to expose for sale," from shop (n.). The meaning "to visit shops" is first attested 1764. Shop around is from 1922. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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