From Middle English -schipe, -shippe, from Old English -sċiepe, -sċipe (“shape, form, state”), from Proto-Germanic *-skapiz. Compare Scots -schip, West Frisian -skip, Dutch -schap, German -schaft, Danish -skab, Swedish -skap, Icelandic -skapur.
- Appended to a noun to form a new noun denoting a property or state of being, time spent in a role, or a specialised union.
- fellow → fellowship
- owner → ownership