From Middle English -shippe, -schippe, from Old English -sciepe, -scipe (“shape, form, state”), from Proto-Germanic *-skapiz. Compare Scots -schip, West Frisian -skip, Dutch -schap, German -schaft, Danish -skab.
- 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
Property or state of being