From ship + shapen (“shaped; wrought with a definite shape”), later shortened to shape. The word is of nautical origin, based on the obligation of a sailor to keep his or her quarters arranged neatly and securely due to the limited space typically allotted to service members aboard ship, and against turbulence at sea.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈʃɪpʃeɪp/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈʃɪpˌʃeɪp/
- Hyphenation: ship‧shape
- (originally nautical) Meticulously neat and tidy.
- Synonyms: shipshape and Bristol fashion, tight; see also Thesaurus:orderly
- Antonyms: see Thesaurus:disorderly