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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 shopkeeping
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  • The shopkeeping class comes mostly from Fuh-kien and the coast districts of Amoy.

  • "And shopkeeping Englishmen," murmured Clyffurde, under his breath.

    The Bronze Eagle Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • shopkeeping is generally easy, and often pleasant; hence the excessive number of individuals applying themselves to it.

  • They indeed were so once, but the shopkeepers have long ceased from their shopkeeping.

    The Hardy Country Charles G. Harper
  • Shadrach knew nothing of shopkeeping, and Joanna very little, but they hoped to learn.

    Life's Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
  • And on the strength of this he would have nothing more to do with his shopkeeping parents in Naples.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • Induce tenants of the shopkeeping class to come and start in business, offering to the community adequate rate-rents.

    Garden Cities of To-Morrow Ebenezer Howard
  • It is better than shopkeeping, because the money comes by itself; and it is infinitely more genteel.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • Farming, preaching, and shopkeeping are secondary matters, to be regulated according to the needs of the family.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • This grade is nearly altogether occupied in shopkeeping, hawking, and other mercantile pursuits.

British Dictionary definitions for shopkeeping


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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