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  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɪpɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪpɪŋ
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English schipping, schyppynge, from schippen, schipen (to take ship, navigate), from Old English scipian (to take ship; put in order, equip, man a ship), equivalent to ship +‎ -ing.


shipping (countable and uncountable, plural shippings)

  1. The transportation of goods.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. []   But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
  2. The body of ships belonging to one nation, port or industry; ships collectively.
  3. Passage or transport on a ship.
  4. The cost of sending an item or package via postal services.
    The shipping is included in the quoted price.
  5. Navigation.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From ship +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of ship