from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small retail store or a specialty department in a large store.
  • n. An atelier; a studio.
  • n. A place for manufacturing or repairing goods or machinery.
  • n. A commercial or industrial establishment: a printing shop.
  • n. A business establishment; an office or a center of activity.
  • n. A home workshop.
  • n. A schoolroom fitted with machinery and tools for instruction in industrial arts.
  • n. The industrial arts as a technical science or course of study.
  • intransitive v. To visit stores in search of merchandise or bargains.
  • intransitive v. To look for something with the intention of acquiring it.
  • transitive v. To visit or buy from (a particular store).
  • shop around To go from store to store in search of merchandise or bargains.
  • shop around To look for something, such as a better job.
  • shop around To offer (a large block of common stock, for example) for sale to various parties: "[The company] is now actively being shopped around, with a prospectus in circulation” ( Marianne Yen).
  • idiom talk shop To talk about one's work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An establishment that sells goods or services to the public; originally a physical location, but now a virtual establishment as well.
  • n. A place where things are crafted; a workshop or hobbyshop.
  • n. An automobile mechanic's workplace.
  • n. Workplace; office. Used mainly in expressions such as shop talk, closed shop and shop floor.
  • n. A variety of classes taught in junior or senior high school that teach vocational skill.
  • n. an organisation using specified programming languages or software, often exclusively.
  • n. An act of shopping, especially routine shopping for food and other domestic supplies.
  • v. To visit shops; to look around shops with the intention of buying something.
  • v. To report the criminal activities or whereabouts of someone to an authority; to "grass up".
  • v. Shorthand for photoshop; to digitally edit a picture or photograph.
  • interj. Used to attract the services of a shop assistant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of shape. Shaped.
  • n. A building or an apartment in which goods, wares, drugs, etc., are sold by retail.
  • n. A building in which mechanics or artisans work
  • n. A person's occupation, business, profession, or the like, as a subject of attention, interest, conversation, etc.; -- sometimes in deprecation or disapproval. Also used attributively, as in shop talk.
  • n. A place where any industry is carried on;
  • n. Any place of resort, as one's house, a restaurant, etc.
  • n. the group of workers and the activities controlled by an administrator.
  • intransitive v. To visit shops for the purpose of purchasing goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To visit shops or stores for the purpose of purchasing or examining goods.
  • To shut up; put behind bars; imprison.
  • An obsolete preterit of shape.
  • n. A booth or stall where wares were usually both made and displayed for sale.
  • n. A building, or a room or suite of rooms, appropriated to the selling of wares at retail.
  • n. [In the rural districts and smaller towns of the United States the term store takes almost exclusively the place of the British shop, but the latter word is in occasional and increasing use in this sense in large cities.
  • n. A room or building in which the making, preparing, or repairing of any article is carried on, or in which any industry is pursued: as, a machine-shop; a repair-shop; a barber's shop; a carpenter's shop.
  • n. Hence, figuratively The place where anything is made; the producing place or source.
  • n. In glass-making, a team or set of workmen. See the quotation.
  • n. One's own business, craft, calling, or profession; also, talk specifically relating to this: used in a ludicrous or contemptuous sense. Compare to talk shop, below.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give away information about somebody
  • v. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
  • n. a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services
  • v. do one's shopping
  • n. small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done
  • v. shop around; not necessarily buying
  • n. a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa, treasure house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa ("booth")


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  • Thank goodness it occurred to me at once to say that I went into the tobacco shop to buy stamps and I must have left it in the _shop_.

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  • In regard to the daily, or even the occasional use of the stronger drugs of the apothecary's shop -- whether this _shop_ is found in the family or elsewhere -- I would fain hope many of our young women may claim an entire immunity.

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  • I think he must have tried calling it… cos after I ran in my boots across from the shoe shop past the bedding shop… he was behind me saying it doesn’t work ...

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  • The main shop is across from a convenience store that carries Victoria beer and almost always has ice and next door to the tiendita is a place where they husk coconuts, you can tell by the huge pile of husks outside, no line-up of taxis.

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  • The fact that Gration may end up being a bull in a china shop is apparently of little concern.

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  • "Ah, rumbled", I thought - as the shop is always groaningly full, and I'm surprised that they seem grateful for my humble offerings.


  • Hosting author readings, art exhibits, film showings/dinners and Slow Food meetings, the shop is a jointly owned by Samantha Hoyt Lindgren, a former photo editor and pastry chef, and her husband Don, an antiquarian book dealer.

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  • Add to that the fact that the other customer in the shop is a teenaged Barbara Windsor, and you have one of the most appealing aspects of this film.

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  • He started as a teenager from a trailer park in Pittsburg, Calif., outside Oakland, running what he calls a shop in a box.

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