English edit

Etymology 1 edit

Either formed anew from ship +‎ -er or borrowed from Middle Low German schipper; compare skipper and Old English sċipere (sailor). Piecewise doublet of skipper (captain, sailor).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɪp.ə(ɹ)/
  • (file)

Noun edit

shipper (plural shippers)

  1. (archaic) A seaman; mariner; skipper.
  2. The person or organization that ships (sends) something.
    The shipper should have paid for insurance on the package, because it was damaged when it arrived.
  3. A box for shipping something fragile, such as bottled beer or wine.
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Etymology 2 edit

From a clipping of relationshipper. Relationshipper emerged in early online fandom of the television series The X-Files as a term for fans who supported the possibility of a Mulder/Scully romance.[1][2] It was shortened to r'shipper, then 'shipper, and finally shipper.[2][3]

Noun edit

shipper (plural shippers)

  1. (fandom slang) A person who supports a romantic or sexual relationship between fictional characters or real people.
    Synonym: relationshipper
    Antonym: anti-shipper
    Coordinate term: slasher
    • 2013, Jennifer K. Stuller, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, page 42:
      For creative fans and committed 'shippers[sic], fanfiction continues the interaction — the dialogue, the conversation, the story []
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References edit

  1. ^ Maggie Owens, "The Sweet Science of Shipping It", Fandom, 29 June 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alyse Wax, "How The X-Files helped shape modern fandom — including shipping", Syfy, 20 March 2018. Archived from the original on March 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Anna Iovine, "It's time to add internet slang 'ship' to the dictionary", Mashable, 20 November 2019

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