adjective ship·shape \ˌship-ˈshāp, ˈship-ˌ\

: clean, neat, and tidy : organized and in good condition

Full Definition of SHIPSHAPE

:  trim, tidy

Examples of SHIPSHAPE

  1. I like to keep my car shipshape.
  2. Everything had to be shipshape before we could sell the house.


short for earlier shipshapen, from ship + shapen, archaic past participle of shape
First Known Use: 1769
SHIPSHAPE Defined for Kids


adjective ship·shape \ˈship-ˈshāp\

Definition of SHIPSHAPE for Kids

:  being neat and orderly :  tidy


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