Meaning of SHIP

What Does SHIP Mean?

SHIP means "Relationship".

The term SHIP is popular in fanfiction cirles and refers to a (usually romantic) "Relationship" between characters in a book, film, TV series, manga, or anime.

In this context, SHIP is a noun. However, SHIP is also often used as a verb, when it means to endorse a "Relationship". Usually, the SHIP in question is not canon in the original story, but is promoted or endorsed by fans. Such SHIPs include those between Mulder and Scully in the X-Files TV series, and between Harry and Hermione in The Harry Potter stories.

Summary of Key Points

Definition for SHIP

SHIP means "Relationship". This is the most common definition for SHIP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about SHIP:

3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
An Image for SHIP
When I write SHIP, I mean this:

meaning of SHIP
Hermione and Harry were never a couple.

Examples of SHIP in Sentences

Here are examples of SHIP being used in conversations:
  • Person A: I think I'm starting to like Brad.
  • Person B: I totally SHIP you both!
  • Person A: I always SHIPPED Dumbledore and McGonagall.
  • Person B: Don't be silly! J K Rowling said Dumbledore was gay.

An Academic Look at SHIP

SHIP is a shortened version of relationship and is therefore a contraction. Contractions tend to be formed in one of three ways:
  • Using letters from the start of the word (e.g., AMP from amplifier).
  • Using letters from the start and end of the word (e.g., Dr from Doctor).
  • Using an apostrophe to replace a letter or letters (e.g., can't from cannot).
For reasons of brevity, contractions are rarely followed by periods/full stops and apostrophes are routinely omitted in text speak and on social-media platforms.

A Text with SHIP

Using SHIP on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


See Also

DTR (define the relationship) NER (non-existent relationship) STR (short-term relationship) LTR (long-term relationship)