General English

  • noun a large boat for carrying passengers and goods on the sea


  • verb to send goods, but not always on a ship

Real Estate

  • acronym forsafe home income plan
    (written as SHIP)
  • noun a scheme that guarantees that homeowners releasing equity in a home reversion scheme will have rent-free tenure and will not become victims of negative equity

Origin & History of “ship”

Ship comes from a prehistoric Germanic *skipam, which also produced German schiff, Dutch schip, Swedish skepp, and Danish skib. It is not known for certain where this came from, although a link has been suggested with Latvian shkibīt ‘cut, hew’, in which case the underlying meaning of ship could be ‘hollowed-out log’ – a ‘dugout’, in other words. The Old high German form schif was borrowed into Italian as schifo, and this made its way via French esquif into English as skiff (16th c.). The middle Dutch form schip had a derivative schipper ‘captain of a small ship’, which has given English skipper (14th c.). And equip too comes from a relative of English ship.