What does shop mean?

Definitions for shop

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shop.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shop, storenoun

    a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services

    "he bought it at a shop on Cape Cod"

  2. workshop, shopnoun

    small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done

  3. shop class, shopverb

    a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity)

    "I built a birdhouse in shop"

  4. shopverb

    do one's shopping

    "She goes shopping every Friday"

  5. patronize, patronise, shop, shop at, buy at, frequent, sponsorverb

    do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

  6. shop, browseverb

    shop around; not necessarily buying

    "I don't need help, I'm just browsing"

  7. denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stagverb

    give away information about somebody

    "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"


  1. Shopnoun

    A person's occupation, business, profession, or the like, as a subject of attention, interest, conversation, etc.; -- sometimes in deprecation or disapproval; as, to talk shop at a party. Also used attributively, as in shop talk.


  1. shopnoun

    An establishment that sells goods or services to the public; originally a physical location, but now a virtual establishment as well.

  2. shopnoun

    A place where things are crafted; a workshop or hobbyshop.

  3. shopnoun

    An automobile mechanic's workplace.

  4. shopnoun

    Workplace; office. Used mainly in expressions such as shop talk, closed shop and shop floor.

  5. shopnoun

    A variety of classes taught in junior or senior high school that teach vocational skill.

  6. shopnoun

    an organisation using specified programming languages or software, often exclusively.

    Our company is mostly a Java shop.

  7. shopnoun

    An act of shopping, especially routine shopping for food and other domestic supplies.

    This is where I do my weekly shop.

  8. shopverb

    To visit shops; to look around shops with the intention of buying something.

    I went shopping ; he's shopping for clothes.

  9. shopverb

    To report or "grass up" the criminal or otherwise wrong activities or whereabouts of (a suspect) to an authority.

  10. shopverb

    Shorthand for photoshop; to digitally edit a picture or photograph.

  11. shopinterjection

    Used to attract the services of a shop assistant

  12. Etymology: From shoppe, from sceoppa

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shopnoun

    Etymology: sceop , Saxon, a magazine; eschoppe, French; shopa, low Latin.] Robert Ainsworth

    Our windows are broke down,
    And we for fear compell’d to shut our shops. William Shakespeare.

    Your most grave belly thus answer’d;
    True is it, my incorporate friends,
    That I receive the general food at first,
    Which you do live upon; and fit it is,
    Because I am the store-house and the shop
    Of the whole body. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    In his needy shop a tortoise hung,
    An alligator stuft, and other skins
    Of ill-shap’d fishes; and about his shelves
    A beggarly account of empty boxes. William Shakespeare.

    Scarce any sold in shops could be relied on as faithfully prepared. Boyle.

    His shop is his element, and he cannot with any enjoyment of himself live out of it. Robert South, Sermons.

    We have divers mechanical arts and stuffs made by them; and shops for such as are not brought into vulgar use. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shop

    imp. of Shape. Shaped

  2. Shopnoun

    a building or an apartment in which goods, wares, drugs, etc., are sold by retail

  3. Shopnoun

    a building in which mechanics or artisans work; as, a shoe shop; a car shop

  4. Shopverb

    to visit shops for the purpose of purchasing goods

  5. Etymology: [OE. shoppe, schoppe, AS. sceoppa a treasury, a storehouse, stall, booth; akin to scypen a shed, LG. schup a shed, G. schoppen, schuppen, a shed, a coachhouse, OHG. scopf.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shop

    shop, n. a building in which goods are sold by retail: a place where mechanics work, or where any kind of industry is pursued: one's own business or profession, also talk about such.—v.i. to visit shops for the purpose of buying.—v.t. (slang) to imprison:—pr.p. shop′ping; pa.p. shopped.—ns. Shop′-bell, a small automatic bell hung to give notice of the opening of a shop-door; Shop′-board, a bench on which work, esp. that of tailors, is done; Shop′-boy, -girl, a boy or girl employed in a shop; Shop′-keeper, one who keeps a shop for the sale of goods by retail; Shop′keeping, the business of keeping a shop; Shop′-lift′er; Shop′-lift′ing, lifting or stealing anything from a shop; Shop′man, one who serves in a shop: a shopkeeper; Shopoc′racy, shopkeepers collectively; Shop′ping, the act of visiting shops to see and buy goods.—adj. Shop′py, commercial: abounding in shops: given to talking shop: concerning one's own pursuit.—ns. Shop′-walk′er, one who walks about in a shop and sees the customers attended to; Shop′woman, a woman employed in a shop.—adj. Shop′-worn, somewhat tarnished by being exposed in a shop.—Fancy shop, a shop where fancy goods are sold.—Shut up shop (coll.), to abandon any enterprise; The other shop (slang), a rival institution or establishment; The whole shop (slang), entirely; Talk shop (coll.), to converse unseasonably about one's own profession. [A.S. sceoppa, a treasury (influenced by O. Fr. eschoppe, a stall.)]

Editors Contribution

  1. shop

    A type of business, company, enterprise or organization.

    The shop sells a variety of goods and they have a number of shops too.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

  2. shop

    A type of retail business, company, enterprise or organization.

    The shop sells a variety of goods and they have a number of shops too.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

  3. shop

    Go into a shop to purchase.

    The family choose to shop when they have eaten the food they bought.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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  1. SHOP

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Shop

    Theatrical slang for an engagement.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1167

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shop' in Written Corpus Frequency: #479

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shop' in Nouns Frequency: #257

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shop' in Verbs Frequency: #834

Anagrams for shop »

  1. hops, hosp, OHPs, posh, soph

  2. Hops

  3. Hosp

  4. OHPs

  5. Posh

  6. Soph

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shop in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of shop in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Northam:

    In our border communities, people routinely cross state lines to work, shop, and visit their families. what happens in these states directly affects us.

  2. Gemma Hulbert:

    It's pretty crazy, when we go into every guest cabin on a daily basis we open every product, every piece of makeup, every item of face-wash and we check the cap. You clean it so it looks like it's just come directly from the shop. If it's foundation you wipe everything perfectly clean.

  3. Orhan Gonder:

    He refused to sit with his female cousins at the dining table, he started praying fives times a day, he began wearing loose clothes, it never occurred to us he would go and join Islamic State, frankly. But in October 2014 he began going to the tea shop more and more.

  4. Tenji Oda:

    My first board cost JPY 150,000 ($1,376.40) then, there was no surf shop (but) someone told me there were two boards available, so I rushed to get one.

  5. Kevin Madden:

    When you go to a diner or a coffee shop, you'd be surprised how often patrons will offer you a doughnut, a piece of pie, something that is deep-fried, has sugar on it, at the Iowa State Fair, everything is deep-fried and on a stick. It's hard to resist.

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    occurring from time to time
    • A. occasional
    • B. handsome
    • C. whirring
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