shoppy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shop +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

shoppy (comparative shoppier, superlative shoppiest)

  1. (dated) Inclined to talk shop; full of jargon.
    • (Can we date this quote by Elizabeth Gaskell and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I don't like shoppy people. I think we are far better off, knowing only cottagers and labourers, and people without pretence.
    • 1890, Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant
      When golfers get together their talk is more unutterably shoppy than even that of hunters, cricketers, or racing men.
    • 1900, Macmillan's Magazine
      A novel of clerical life written by a clergyman is apt to be what is vulgarly called shoppy, to dwell upon details which may interest other clergymen []
    • 1987, Carol Groneman, Mary Beth Norton, "To Toil the Livelong Day": America's Women at Work, 1780-1980
      Standish had a mind that "seldom wandered from the shop and things shoppy," []
  2. (rare) Of the kind or quality expected from a shop.
    • 1898, H G Wells, The Man Who Could Work Miracles:
      For instance, he had three eggs for breakfast; two his landlady had supplied, good, but shoppy, and one was a delicious fresh goose-egg, laid, cooked, and served by his extraordinary will.
  3. (colloquial, dated) Abounding with shops.
    • 1872, Belgravia (volume 18, page 193)
      Big omnibuses, with horses three abreast, came leisurely along, crowded outside and in exclusively with males, all on business bent. Right before me was Market-street—a grimy shoppy street []

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