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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English shippere, from Old English scipere (a sailor), from Proto-Germanic *skipārijaz (sailor). Possibly from Middle Low German schipper or Old French eschipre from the same source. Equivalent to ship +‎ -er. Compare Dutch schipper (> English skipper), German Schiffer.


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.

Etymology 2[edit]

relationship +‎ -er


shipper (plural shippers)

  1. (fandom slang) One involved in shipping (fan fiction based on romantic relationships between characters).
    • 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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