Meaning of -SHIP in English


ˌship noun suffix

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English -schipe, -shipe, -ship, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old Frisian -skip, -skipi -ship, Old Saxon -skap, -skepi, -skipi, Old High German -scaf, -scaft, Old Norse -skapr; all from a prehistoric Germanic word represented by Old High German scaf nature, condition, quality; akin to Old English sceppan, scyppan to shape — more at shape

1. : state : condition : quality

son ship

friend ship

scholar ship

2. : office : dignity : profession

clerk ship

chancellor ship

lord ship

author ship

3. : art : skill

horseman ship

marksman ship

seaman ship

4. : something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state

town ship

fellow ship

court ship

5. : one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation — used with possessive pronouns

his Lord ship

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