What does shop mean?

Definitions for shop

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. shop

    A shop is a physical location or an online platform where goods or services are sold to customers by a retailer or a business entity. It can range from small local businesses to large department stores or supermarkets, offering various items such as groceries, clothing, electronics, etc. In an online context, a shop can refer to a website or an application where customers make transactions digitally.

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  

Suggested Resources

  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

  2. hosp

  3. OHPs

  4. posh

  5. soph

  6. phos

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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. Bruce Campbell:

    Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This... is my boomstick! The twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about a hundred and nine, ninety five. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?

  2. Shuabu Lawal:

    A boy ran into my shop and said his father and elder brother had been shot. He was only wearing shorts, no top and sweating despite the wintry weather. I shut down my shop immediately, leaving some items outside.

  3. Hayley Garbutt:

    I get all of my family to put in before I go and do the shop, this year I spent $ 388 online at Morrisons, doing the big shop and making sure I had a variety of things in. ( Caters News Agency) Hayley Garbutt, Hayley Garbutt, charges about $ 45-a-head for a seat at her Christmas dinner table, the Sun reports. Her guests include her three children, their partners and her four grandchildren. She also invites some friends as well. I get all of my family to put in before I go and do the shop, she told the Sun. This year I spent $ 388 online at Morrisons, doing the big shop and making sure I had a variety of things in. But its not that Im being tight - it means I get to spend more in other aspects then too like presents - this year the tree has so many presents stacked around it, that you cant even see it. WOMAN SHARES HUSBANDS ELF ON THE SHELF KITCHEN-WRAPPING PRANK : 2 HOURS LATER AND A DIVORCE ON THE CARDS So, while her family has to pay to eat dinner, Hayley Garbutt makes sure that they get their moneys worth.

  4. Edwin Conklin:

    The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.

  5. Claudia Sahm:

    If you have a china shop and you do something stupid and release a bull into the china shop, you’re doing to break things, sVB was a bull going into the china shop and they made some extremely bad decisions. … But the Fed helped to create this environment that was going to be susceptible to something like SVB showing up.

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    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    • A. deterioration
    • B. fancy
    • C. investigating
    • D. assortment

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