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shipshape (adj.)

also ship-shape, "properly arranged, in thorough order," 1762, earlier ship-shapen (1640s), originally "according to the fashion of a (sailing) ship," where neatness is a priority and the rigging must be serviceable and stowed properly; see ship (n.) + shape (n.).

updated on September 11, 2022

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Definitions of shipshape from WordNet

shipshape (adj.)
of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder;
even the barn was shipshape
Synonyms: trim / well-kept
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