ship·​shape | \ˌship-ˈshāp, 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.

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Embrace nautical decor head-on with shipshape accents. House Beautiful, "140+ Ideas to Make Any Bathroom Feel Like an At-Home Spa," 8 Jan. 2017 Spend your time tending to possessions and get everything shipshape. Jeraldine Saunders, The Mercury News, "Horoscope: May 3, 2017," 3 May 2017 The homestead is once again shipshape and at present houses a resident cook and cook's family. Jamie Hale,, "The Oregonian visited the state's first nudist colony in 1935 -- and got an eyeful," 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,, "La Jolla swimmer eyes gold over silver," 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, "Saddam Hussein’s Yacht Is Sailing Again With a New Mission," 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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English Language Learners Definition of shipshape

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


ship·​shape | \ˈship-ˈshāp \

Kids Definition of shipshape

: being neat and orderly : tidy

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