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Meaning of SHIP


What Does SHIP Mean?

SHIP means "to endorse a romantic coupling". The term is most popular in fan fiction cirles. Usually, the desired relationship is not canon in the original story. The term derives from the word "relationship".

It can also be used when talking about real people but the term most often used for characters from a book, film, tv series, manga, or anime.

Of note, when a piece of fan fiction SHIPS two characters of the same sex, it is called slash fiction.
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Definition for SHIP

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

SHIP
Definition:to endorse a romantic coupling
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write SHIP, I mean this:

meaning of SHIP
[Many fans SHIP Hermione and Harry even though they were never a couple.]
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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.

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

 
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