AskDefine | Define shop

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1 a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services; "he bought it at a shop on Cape Cod" [syn: store]
2 small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done [syn: workshop]
3 a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity); "I built a birdhouse in shop" [syn: shop class]


1 do one's shopping; "She goes shopping every Friday"
2 do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of [syn: patronize, patronise, shop at, buy at, frequent, sponsor] [ant: boycott, boycott]
3 shop around; not necessarily buying; "I don't need help, I'm just browsing" [syn: browse]
4 give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam" [syn: denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, snitch, stag] [also: shopping, shopped]

User Contributed Dictionary



From shoppe, from sceoppa


  • a UK: /ʃɒp/, /SQp/
  • a US: , /ʃɑp/, /SAp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒp


  1. An establishment that sells goods or services to the public; originally a physical location, but now a virtual establishment as well.
  2. A place where things are crafted; a workshop or hobbyshop.
  3. An automobile mechanic's workplace.
  4. Workplace; office. Used mainly in expressions such as shop talk, closed shop and shop floor.
  5. Short for wood shop or metal shop, classes taught typically in junior high school, teaching vocational skill.
  6. Something resembling a shop or the practise of a shop, e.g. to live above your office is 'to live above the shop. Also in the phrase 'coffee shop', 'chip shop' etc.
  7. The act of betrayal.

Related terms

establishment that sells goods
a class taught typically in junior high school, teaching vocational skill
  • Norwegian: sløyd


  1. To visit shops; to look around shops with the intention of buying something (I went shopping; he’s shopping for clothes).
  2. To report the criminal activities or whereabouts of (a suspect) to the police.
  3. transitive Internet Shorthand for photoshop; to digitally edit a picture or photograph.


to visit shops

Extensive Definition

Shop may refer to:
shop in Danish: Butik
shop in German: Shop
shop in Japanese: 店
shop in Norwegian Nynorsk: Butikk
shop in Polish: sklep
shop in Swedish: Butik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agency, atelier, barbershop, beauty parlor, beauty shop, bench, betray, booking office, boutique, box office, branch, branch office, browse, butcher shop, buy, cabinet, chain store, chambers, chancellery, chancery, closet, co-op, company, concern, concession, consulate, cooperative, corporate headquarters, corporation, countinghouse, country store, den, department store, desk, dime store, discount house, discount store, embassy, emporium, establishment, executive office, facility, firm, five-and-ten, general store, go marketing, go shopping, headquarters, home office, house, inform against, inform on, installation, institution, legation, loft, look for, magasin, mail-order house, main office, market, mart, office, organization, outlet, parlor, post, purchase, research, retail store, salon, seek, showroom, snitch on, store, studio, study, supermarket, sweatshop, ticket office, trading post, variety shop, variety store, warehouse, wareroom, wholesale house, window-shop, work site, work space, workbench, workhouse, working space, workplace, workroom, workshop, worktable
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