Shipping urban dictionary

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'I ship them' — the strange concept that's changing the way people talk about relationships

If you see someone on Twitter or Tumblr discussing “shipping,” don’t assume they’re talking about mailing a package. The term has taken on new life thanks to people, predominantly teens, using the word to discuss ideal relationships between fictional characters, celebrities, and even their own friends.

Shipping originated in the world of fandoms, which are groups of hardcore fans of movies, books, and television shows. According to the ridiculousy comprehensive fandom slang guides of the internet, the word derives from "relationshipper," typically shortened to just "shipper." Relationshippers are people who care deeply about the romantic relationships between their favorite characters — and sometimes, celebrities or even the people in their own lives.

So instead of saying, "Romeo and Juliet are a perfect couple," a Shakespeare-loving shipper would say, "I ship Romeo and Juliet."

"To say, ‘I ship that couple,’ is a short way for someone to say that they believe in a couple, that they’re rooting for them to succeed,” Michael, my friend's 15-year-old brother who is a high school sophomore from New Jersey, told Tech Insider. “The term has evolved in teenage slang to become a widespread part of our vocabulary."

A quick Twitter search for the phrase “I ship them” will show you just how widespread the term has become, with thousands of people all over the world tweeting about their favorite couples.

“Kids often use the word when talking about [characters from] TV shows and movies, but it’s also become a slang term for describing any two people that you want to get together,” Michael explained.

In a sense, some people were shipping over 100 years ago, according to Know Your Meme. They just weren't calling it that. In 1913, the book “Old Friends, New Fancies” featured characters from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” re-imagined in new relationships.

Today, ships have gone digital. Since the mid-aughts, shipping has become common in the world of online fan fiction, where people create stories based on beloved characters from TV shows, movies, and books. A definition for shipping was added to Urban Dictionary in 2005.

Here’s the definition.

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If you were a fan of the Harry Potter series, for example, "you could say, ‘I ship Hermione Granger and Harry Potter,'” Michael explained.

In case you’re not a Potter fan, Harry and Hermione don’t wind up together at the end of the series. Shippers of the pair believe that the two wizards should have ended up together. There’s even an entire Tumblr community devoted listing reasons why Harry and Hermione are meant for each other.

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“Ships are all about your imagination, so they could be impossible or completely realistic,” Gabby, a childhood friend and high school senior from Massachusetts, told TI.

For example, celebrity couple Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are one of the hottest “real-life ships” around right now, she says.

As for an “impossible ship,” Gabby says one of the most popular at her school is “Larry Stylinson,” a fictional coupling of One Direction band members Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles. 

Shipping isn’t limited to fictional characters and celebrities. Teenagers are also starting to use the verb to talk about each other.

“Fans will still ship more than other teens, but lately I've seen it [shipping] leaking more into normal teenage conversation,” Michael told TI.

For Gabby and her classmates, saying "I ship you two" is the teenage equivalent of saying two people would make a great couple. 

“My friend used to have a huge crush on a this boy,” explained Gabby. “When she said she liked him, I told her, ‘OMG I totally ship you two!'”

As for older generations, it doesn't look like moms will be shipping their favorite couples anytime soon. 

 

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The act of taking two fictional or non-fictional characters, and personally wishing for them to either be in love, or for them to have sex.

The term has many background terms.

If you are a person who wants to characters/people shipped, you are a shipper.

The term is changed to "Sailing Ship" whenever the ship that was made becomes successful. For example: two fictional characters falling in love after multiple ships of said characters were made.

"Jesus Christ, my hormones are shipping Cait and Frodo so fucking hard right now."

"Never knew that Rick and Michonne's ship would sail."

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usually two people who you ship. meaning that you either want them to become an item, kiss or enter into a romantic/sexual relationship or all of the above. usually when you ship someone, you smile when they interact somehow or become extremely giddy when they do something together.

person: i totally ship dean and castiel!
person 2: no way, me too!
person 3: i don't ship them that much. i ship castiel and meg more, to be honest.

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A verb used to describe the action of wishing for two people to enter a relationship (whether romantic or occasionally platonic) in books, movies, tv shows or real life. Shipping can often happen involuntarily, and it is the majority of what happens on the website, Tumblr. There are some very popular ships, some unpopular, as well as often lots of controversy between ships from the same fandom.

"Do you ship Klaroline, or Steroline?"

"Omigod. I am definitely shipping Olicity."

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A romantic relationSHIP between two people or characters. You shouldn't ship to people that are already in a relationship, because they really don't need it.

Lu : Hey , Lilly, I really ship Error and Ink!
Lilly : ok
Lu : I also ship Dust and Blueberry!
Lilly : ok, I get it...
Lu and I also ship Geno and reaper!
Lilly : I FUCKING GET IT!!!
Lu : and-
Lilly : FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!
Lu : why you weren't adopted by anyone
Lilly : what about our parents- wait... I'm adopted!?!?!
Lu : yeah, my parents weren't that smart.

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A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well. (Just think of "shipping" as short for "relationSHIP".)

It generally uses the initials of the characters shipped or a combination of the names, though this is not a rule.

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Ash & Misty shipping
Ashistyshipping

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A verb used to describe the action of wishing for two people to enter a relationship (whether romantic or occasionally platonic) in books, movies, tv shows or real life. Shipping can often happen involuntarily, and it is the majority of what happens on the website, Tumblr. There are some very popular ships, some unpopular, as well as often lots of controversy between ships from the same fandom.

"Do you ship Klaroline, or Steroline?"

"Omigod. I am definitely shipping Olicity."

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This is most ofter used on tumblr by fandoms. Fandoms will ship everything and anything. Shipping comes from the word relationSHIP. Basically it is when you want a fictional character, real-life person, or cartoon people to be together. People often write fanfictions about their favorite ship, called their OTP.

Person 1: Wow I totally ship michellie!!
Person 2: OH MY GOD NO I SHIP DELLIE!!
Person 3: wait how can you ship a person isn't that illegal to send them with UPS or something?
Person 2: No i want them as a couple. It's called Shipping.

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When you think two people are a match made in heaven for each other, you ship them. Usually used in fandoms.

person 1: Omg, are you shipping Kambrose or Lambrose?
person 2: Kambrose? No! Never! When did that even exist?
person 1: Someone thought it would be funny to say Karim and Mr Ambrose... like this book is set in the victorian times. Gay love wasn't welcome at all.
person 2: Who cares, I ship Lilly Linton and Rikkard Ambrose so hard I could die.
person 1: Agreed, Lambrose for the win!!!!!!!!!

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Fandom uses this word as a verb to denote their interest in the possible (and perhaps more often impossible) romantic relationship between two characters in a piece of fiction belonging to any medium. It's really never used in a platonic way, but if it ever is, people tend to separately emphasize that they are using it platonically.

Usually written: Character/Character or CharacterxCharacter. Fanfiction without any shipping, or with little emphasis on ship is usually labeled genfic, which there is a depressing lack of.

Person 1: It is a little weird how much I am retroactively shipping ChrisxLexi
Person 2: Yeah. That's kinda Odd. And Chris's like a Big Star. He's got a Sexy Girlfriend..
Person 1: But did you notice how weirdly Sexually Cra-Cra they are for each other???

Person 2: No. Eww. Stop talking.

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What does ship mean in relationship?

Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters (in film, literature, television etc.) to be in a romantic relationship.

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Thereof, what does to ship someone mean?

Shipping is the act of wanting two or more fictional characters or celebrities to end up in a relationship, usually romantic.

One may also ask, what is a ship date slang? In those days, one could not go far without running into the internet slang term “ship.” Ship, a term so ubiquitous in fandom it has its own Wikipedia page , was immortalized on Urban Dictionary in 2003, in noun and verb form. Noun, short for relationship. Verb, to endorse a romantic relationship.

Likewise, people ask, what does it mean the couple everyone ships?

A ship (noun) is a romantic relationship that hasn't yet been established but is desired among a fandom. So, if you 'ship them', it's two people that you want to be in a romantic relationship (who aren't yet in a relationship).

What does I ship mean on Instagram?

Romantic relationship

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Urban dictionary shipping

The act of taking two fictional or non-fictional characters, and personally wishing for them to either be in love, or for them to have sex.

The term has many background terms.

If you are a person who wants to characters/people shipped, you are a shipper.

The term is changed to "Sailing Ship" whenever the ship that was made becomes successful. For example: two fictional characters falling in love after multiple ships of said characters were made.

"Jesus Christ, my hormones are shipping Cait and Frodo so fucking hard right now."

"Never knew that Rick and Michonne's ship would sail."

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A romantic relationSHIP between two people or characters. You shouldn't ship to people that are already in a relationship, because they really don't need it.

Lu : Hey , Lilly, I really ship Error and Ink!
Lilly : ok
Lu : I also ship Dust and Blueberry!
Lilly : ok, I get it...
Lu and I also ship Geno and reaper!
Lilly : I FUCKING GET IT!!!
Lu : and-
Lilly : FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!
Lu : why you weren't adopted by anyone
Lilly : what about our parents- wait... I'm adopted!?!?!
Lu : yeah, my parents weren't that smart.

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A couple. Two people one thinks should date, or likes that they do/did. Usually combines the two names to make a ship name, i.e.:John+Karen=Jaren. Usually the boy's name goes first, however it is used. It can combine the last names to such as peazer+payne=payzer. A rare form of a ship name is one name inside another, such as louis+eleanor=elounor(i don't ship it). A ship is the couple. To ship something is to suppourt the ship. Shipping is when you create ships. Ships are most commonly used in fandoms or with celebrities, but are also used for people you know. Also commonly used for fictional characters.

"Do you ship Joe and Stacey?"
"Yes! Their ship name should be Stoe. Or Jacey!"
"Oh, they are such a cute couple."

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What is Shipping?

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noun

the act or business of a person or thing that ships.

a number of ships, especially merchant ships, taken as a whole; tonnage.

Obsolete. a voyage.

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Origin of shipping

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Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at ship1, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM shipping

non·ship·ping,adjective

Words nearby shipping

ship out, shipowner, shippable, shipper, shippie, shipping, shipping agent, shipping articles, shipping clerk, shipping fever, shipping lane

Other definitions for shipping (2 of 2)

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nounSlang.

the act or practice of discussing, writing about, or hoping for a romantic relationship between fictional characters, as in fan fiction, or between famous people, whether or not the romance actually exists in the book, show, etc., or in real life:the shipping of TV characters;shipping in webcomics.

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What else does shipping mean?

Shipping is the act of wanting two or more fictional characters or celebrities to end up in a relationship, usually romantic.

Where does shipping come from?

Though the term didn’t come around until later, the concept of shipping itself predated any label. The first widely-known ship, appearing around the mid-1970s, was the romantic pairing of Kirk and Spock or Kirk/Spock from Star Trek. (The slash between the names is why fan fiction about two men is now called slash. It has since extended to women with femslash.)

The actual term ship apparently came from the X-Files fandom. Fans who wanted Mulder and Scully to get together were called relationshippers starting in the 1990s. These people were known as r’shippers or shippers for short by as early as 1996. 1996 was a big year for shipping, as ‘ship as a noun appeared in discussions about the canonization of a romantic relationship between the two characters. By 1998, ship was a full-on verb.

By 1999, the terms shipper and ship appeared in Star Trek fandom, possibly indicating a cross-pollination of fandoms, perhaps because both shows involve extraterrestrials. A shipper is a person who engages in shipping. They might write fan fiction or draw art of characters involved, often with the characters ending up in a relationship or already being in a relationship. They might also discuss their ship with fellow fans, sometimes presenting evidence as to the characters’ chemistry.

Not too soon after these words entered the Star Trek fandom, they spread to other fandoms like Harry Potter, which was growing its own fanbase following the popularity of the books. The term exploded by 2002, and by 2003, it was finally added to Urban Dictionary, signaling that its presence online had been secured.

Even decades since Kirk/Spock, shipping thrives. It also continues to evolve, with fans shipping real-life personalities and celebrities (Larry Stylinson, a shipping of One Direction’s Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson) as well as developing increasing subgenres and increasingly large fandoms. However, this type of shipping can be somewhat controversial, and people doing it are sometimes warned to be careful to not cross boundaries.

How is shipping used in real life?

As a verb, people usually declare their affinity for a certain pairing by saying something like “I ship Character X and Character Y!” Alternatively, when faced with a situation that makes characters seem cute together, they may say “I ship it.” Someone who so ships a character is a shipper (e.g., a Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger shipper in Harry Potter fandom).

Many fans have strong opinions about shipping, which may result in shippingwars within a fandom, where each side wants a different ship to become canon, or part of the actual story or narrative.

Ships, which are the pairings themselves, have a variety of ways they can be named. Blending character names together is a popular choice. Though many are funny, many are more straightforward and aren’t as laughter-inducing. Ships may also be known under another name entirely. For example the ship name for Finn and Poe from Star Wars is Stormpilot because Finn was formerly a stormtrooper and Poe is a rebel pilot. And, the ship for the characters in the 17th season of Pokémon:XY are called AmourShipping.

While making up new names is fun, the most unambiguous way to name a ship is to place character names next to each other, separated by an x or a /. For example, Ash/Misty or AshxMisty. This more easily accommodates polyamorousships as well, like Ron/Harry/Hermione in Harry Potter.

Note

This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

How to use shipping in a sentence

  • The deal also includes free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

    Today’s best tech deals: AirPods Pro, Fitbit trackers, Lenovo ThinkPads, and more|Ars Staff|February 2, 2021|Ars Technica

  • This very rapid ecommerce growth did come with some hiccups, including a crushing number of packages leading to shipping delays at public and private carriers, including the USPS and UPS.

    Leveraging customer data and AI to drive ecommerce growth in 2021|Tracey Ryan O’Connor|February 1, 2021|Search Engine Watch

  • A 23-year-old who works for a shipping company, and who declined to give his name for safety fears, said he was disgusted by the military.

    In Myanmar coup, Suu Kyi’s ouster heralds return to military rule|Shibani Mahtani, Timothy McLaughlin|February 1, 2021|Washington Post

  • Along with the anticipated delayed shipping and production times, unfortunately our onboarding process with Neiman Marcus was initially put on hold.

    The future of maternity workwear is all in the details|Rachel King|January 31, 2021|Fortune

  • Araujo says they’re also looking into making the sauce available for national and international shipping.

    Why Caracas Arepa Bar’s House Salsa Is a Condiment All-Star|Tanay Warerkar|January 29, 2021|Eater

  • Manufacturing merchandise, publicity (a radio ad in SF, Facebook ads, venue specific advertising), supplies, shipping.

    How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?|Jack Conte|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • A plastic factory, a hardware supplier, and shipping–and-receiving giants like Fed-Ex and DHL are neighboring businesses.

    House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Higher shipping costs mean additional friction for companies working in the Canadian oil sands.

    Why the Keystone XL Pipeline May Not Be Built|Robert Bryce|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Although new to the shipping industry, Kaiser proved a success in turning out the ships America needed.

    Does Ebola Need An Organization Man?|Nicolaus Mills|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • By Abby Haglage The shipping company heads to court Tuesday to face $1.6 billion in charges of conspiring to traffic illegal meds.

    The Best of the Beast, Aug 3-4||August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • She was only having a look; flying around the shipping and Headquarters camp at a great height, but dropping no bombs.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton

  • That curious, almost ridiculous-looking craft, was among the aristocracy of shipping.

    The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne

  • After curing, it is removed to the packing house and baled in packages, and then transported on mules to the coast for shipping.

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce|E. R. Billings.

  • The long cavalcade is seen disappearing down the hill, while away in the distance is Portsmouth Harbour with its crowded shipping.

    The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper

  • The Pryor makes the heaviest, richest shipping, and can only be grown to perfection on alluvial or heavily manured lands.

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce|E. R. Billings.

British Dictionary definitions for shipping


noun

  1. the business of transporting freight, esp by ship
  2. (as modifier)a shipping magnate; shipping line
  1. ships collectivelythere is a lot of shipping in the Channel
  2. the tonnage of a number of shipsshipping for this year exceeded that of last

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The act of taking two fictional or non-fictional characters, and personally wishing for them to either be in love, or for them to have sex.

The term has many background terms.

If you are a person who wants to characters/people shipped, you are a shipper.

The term is changed to "Sailing Ship" whenever the ship that was made becomes successful. For example: two fictional characters falling in love after multiple ships of said characters were made.

"Jesus Christ, my hormones are shipping Cait and Frodo so fucking hard right now."

"Never knew that Rick and Michonne's ship would sail."

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A verb used to describe the action of wishing for two people to enter a relationship (whether romantic or occasionally platonic) in books, movies, tv shows or real life. Shipping can often happen involuntarily, and it is the majority of what happens on the website, Tumblr. There are some very popular ships, some unpopular, as well as often lots of controversy between ships from the same fandom.

"Do you ship Klaroline, or Steroline?"

"Omigod. I am definitely shipping Olicity."

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