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Meaning of shop by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa ( “booth” )


    • ( UK ): IPA: /ʃɒp/, X-SAMPA: /SQp/
    • ( US ): enPR: shäp, IPA: /ʃɑp/, X-SAMPA: /SAp/
    • Rhymes: -ɒp


    shop ( plural: shops )

    1. An establishment that sells goods or services to the public; originally a physical location, but now a virtual establishment as well .
    2. A place where things are crafted; a workshop or hobbyshop .
    3. An automobile mechanic's workplace .
    4. Workplace; office. Used mainly in expressions such as shop talk, closed shop and shop floor .
    5. A variety of classes taught in junior or senior high school that teach vocational skill .
    6. ( business, computing ) an organisation using specified programming languages or software, often exclusively .
      Our company is mostly a Java shop .
    7. An act of shopping, especially routine shopping for food and other domestic supplies .
      This is where I do my weekly shop .


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    1. Used to attract the services of a shop assistant


Explanation of shop by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give away information about somebody

    2. do one's shopping

    3. She goes shopping every Friday
    4. shop around

    5. do one's shopping at

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

    2. I built a birdhouse in shop
    3. a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services

    4. he bought it at a shop on Cape Cod
    5. small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done

    Definition of shop by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Shop obs. imp. of Shape. Shaped. Chaucer.

    2. Shop, n. [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.]
      1. A building or an apartment in which goods, wares, drugs, etc., are sold by retail.

      From shop to shop

      Wandering, and littering with unfolded silks

      The polished counter. Cowper.

      2. A building in which mechanics or artisans work; as, “a shoe shop; a car shop.”

      A tailor called me in his shop. Shak.

      3. 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.

      4. A place where any industry is carried on; as, “a chemist's shop”; also, ( Slang ), any of the various places of business which are commonly called offices, as of a lawyer, doctor, broker, etc.

      5. Any place of resort, as one's house, a restaurant, etc. [Slang, Chiefly Eng.]

      6. the group of workers and the activities controlled by an administrator; as, “to have five people in one's shop”. [Colloq.]

      ☞ Shop is often used adjectively or in composition; as, shop rent, or shop-rent; shop thief, or shop-thief; shop window, or shop-window, etc.

      To smell of the shop, to indicate too distinctively one's occupation or profession. -- To talk shop, to make one's business the topic of social conversation; also, to use the phrases peculiar to one's employment. [Colloq.]

      Syn. -- Store; warehouse. See Store.

    3. Shop, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shopped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shopping.] To visit shops for the purpose of purchasing goods.

      He was engaged with his mother and some ladies to go shopping. Byron.