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[shop-kee-per] /ˈʃɒpˌki pər/
a retail merchant or tradesman; a person who owns or operates a small store or shop.
Origin of shopkeeper
1520-30; shop + keeper
Related forms
shopkeeping, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shopkeeper
  • Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of chalk, ate this and made his voice soft with it.
  • While the performances often sell out in advance, a shopkeeper had tipped me off that the morning exercises were open to anyone.
  • Her father's shopkeeper's salary does not cover the family's expenses.
  • If the shopkeeper gives you a product that is packed or wrapped suspiciously, don't buy it.
  • The shopkeeper's recommendation was important because he often did not display all the items he stocked.
  • In a shopkeeper unit, the owner of a retail business could live above the shop.
British Dictionary definitions for shopkeeper


a person who owns or manages a shop or small store
Derived Forms
shopkeeping, noun
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Word Origin and History for shopkeeper

1520s, from shop (n.) + keeper.

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