shipshape

adjective
ship·​shape | \ ˌship-ˈshāp How to pronounce shipshape (audio) , ˈship-ˌshāp \

Definition of shipshape

: trim, tidy

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Examples of shipshape in a Sentence

I like to keep my car shipshape. Everything had to be shipshape before we could sell the house.
Recent Examples on the Web Freshly painted wood exteriors, a red door and white trim give the cottage a shipshape appearance. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2019 Not so shipshape America and European countries condemned Venezuela, after Rafael Acosta Arévalo, a captain in the country’s navy, died in custody just days after appearing in court, having apparently been tortured. The Economist, 6 July 2019 Indeed, Helena Bay’s atmosphere is more shipshape than Kiwi-convivial. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 17 Jan. 2019 Embrace nautical decor head-on with shipshape accents. House Beautiful, 8 Jan. 2017 Spend your time tending to possessions and get everything shipshape. Jeraldine Saunders, The Mercury News, 3 May 2017 The homestead is once again shipshape and at present houses a resident cook and cook's family. Jamie Hale, OregonLive.com, 20 June 2017 Before heading to the Naval Academy, La Jolla senior Dominick Wallace is looking for a shipshape end to his prep swimming career. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, 10 May 2017 Although the decks show signs of weathering and the engine control room still uses early 1980s technology, the vessel appears surprisingly shipshape. Andrew Lawler, National Geographic, 4 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of shipshape

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shipshape

short for earlier shipshapen, from ship + shapen, archaic past participle of shape

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The first known use of shipshape was in 1769

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“Shipshape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shipshape. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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shipshape

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shipshape

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

shipshape

adjective
ship·​shape | \ ˈship-ˈshāp How to pronounce shipshape (audio) \

Kids Definition of shipshape

: being neat and orderly : tidy

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