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-ship

1.
a native English suffix of nouns denoting condition, character, office, skill, etc.:
clerkship; friendship; statesmanship.
Origin
Middle English, Old English -scipe; akin to shape; cognate with dialectal Frisian, dialectal Dutch schip
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-ship

suffix
1.
indicating state or condition fellowship
2.
indicating rank, office, or position lordship
3.
indicating craft or skill horsemanship, workmanship, scholarship
Word Origin
Old English -scipe; compare shape
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Word Origin and History for -ship
-ship
O.E. -sciepe, Anglian -scip "state, condition of being," from P.Gmc. *-skapaz (cf. O.N. -skapr, O.Fris. -skip, Du. -schap, Ger. -schaft), from base *skap- "to create, ordain, appoint." Cognate with O.E. gesceape (see shape).
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