Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa booth; akin to Old High German scopf shed
Date: 14th century
1. a handicraft establishment ; atelier
a. a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale ; store
b. (also shoppe) a small retail establishment or a department in a large one offering a specified line of goods or services <a millinery shop> <a sandwich shop> 3. a commercial establishment for the making or repair of goods or machinery <machine shop> <repair shop> 4. a. a school laboratory equipped for industrial arts education b. the art or science of working with tools and machinery 5. a. a business establishment ; office <a public relations shop> b. shoptalk <talking shop> II. verb (shopped; shopping) Date: 1764 intransitive verb 1. a. to examine goods or services with intent to buy b. to hunt through a market in search of the best buy 2. to make a search ; hunt <shopping around for a better idea> transitive verb 1. British to inform on ; betray 2. to examine the stock or offerings of <shop the stores for Christmas gift ideas> 3. to offer for consideration or acceptance; especially to offer for sale or in a trade — often used with around <shopping the manuscript around>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.