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shop Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services
    • he bought it at a shop on Cape Cod
  2. noun small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done
  3. noun a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity)
    shop class.
    • I built a birdhouse in shop
  4. verb do one's shopping
    • She goes shopping every Friday
  5. verb do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
    buy at; patronize; patronise; sponsor; shop at; frequent.
  6. verb shop around; not necessarily buying
    • I don't need help, I'm just browsing
  7. verb give away information about somebody
    give away; denounce; tell on; stag; rat; betray; snitch; grass; shit.
    • He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam

  1. imp. of Shape. Shaped. Chaucer.
Shop noun
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.
    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. Syn. -- Store; warehouse. See Store.
Shop intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Shopped ; present participle & verbal noun Shopping
  1. To visit shops for the purpose of purchasing goods.
    He was engaged with his mother and some ladies to go shopping. Byron.

Webster 1913