pp. of scieppan
"to create, form, destine," from P.Gmc. *skapjanan
"create, ordain" (cf. O.N. skapa,
), from PIE base *(s)kep-
"to cut, to scrape, to hack" (see shave
), which acquired broad technical senses and in Gmc. a specific sense of "to create." O.E. scieppan
survived into M.E. as shippen,
emerged as a regular verb (with pt. shaped
) by 1500s. The old past participle form shapen
survives in misshapen.
Phrase Shape up
(v.) is attested from 1865 as "progress;" from 1938 as "reform;" shape up or ship out
is attested from 1956, originally U.S. military slang, with the sense being "do right or get shipped up to active duty."