Shipshape meaning

shĭpshāp
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The definition of shipshape is extremely neat and tidy.

An example of something shipshape is a room where every last item is in its place and there is not a speck of dust to be found.

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Orderly and neat; tidy.

Made sure the room was shipshape before the guests arrived.

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Having everything neatly in place, as on board ship; trim.
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In a neat and orderly manner.
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Organized, serviceable, trained and ready for action.
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Origin of shipshape

  • Short for obsolete shipshapen arranged as a ship should be ship shapen past participle of shape

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • ship +"Ž shape; of nautical origin, based on the obligation of a sailor to keep his/her quarters arranged neatly and securely against the inevitable turbulence at sea. It also implies a neat and efficient packing to fit into the limited space typically allotted to service members aboard ship.

    From Wiktionary