Main definitions of shipper in US English:

: shipper1shipper2

shipper1

noun

  • A person or company that sends or transports goods by sea, land, or air.

    • ‘Cross-training became the norm: pickers also became packagers, and shippers checked accounts.’
    • ‘The Atlanta-based shipper once developed a motor that could burn cheap corn oil.’
    • ‘All import and export companies, shippers and shipping lines using Yantian port will benefit from the improvements.’
    • ‘Its customers include national railways, leasing companies, private operators and shippers.’
    • ‘The assorted US states now have tax treaties with each other that let them tell other states who received goods from a shipper an any state.’
    • ‘With the labels, consumers don't necessarily have to travel to make the return; they can call a shipper for pick-up.’
    • ‘Return address labels, pre-paid postage and integrated tracking are becoming more commonly provided by shippers.’
    • ‘Perishable and temperature sensitive goods will be transported provided that the shipper accepts that this is at its risk.’
    • ‘Heavy fines are imposed on airlines, shippers and trucking companies found to be carrying stowaways, whilst border controls have been stepped up.’
    • ‘Officials declined to give any specifics on the shipment, including the shipper of the weapons, the intended end-user and the make of the guns.’
    • ‘The traders and manufacturers, not to mention the shippers and retailers, argue that they have expenses as well.’
    • ‘With the export trade expanding, shippers, bankers and insurance companies also jostled with each other on the trading floor.’
    • ‘They complete all procedural and documentation formalities involved in customs and port clearance on behalf of the shipper, and arrange for the warehousing of cargo before shipment.’
    • ‘Backup tapes of data are shipped daily and the shipping organizations have contracts with their shippers.’
    • ‘The insurance policy should be taken out in the name of the shipper and the should be endorsed in blank, except when stipulated to the contrary.’
    • ‘The company has made it a thousand times easier to track shipments, by having shippers fill out airbills online.’
    • ‘In order to beef it up and stabilise it on its voyage, the English shippers began to add brandy as a fortifying element.’
    • ‘Driving a single load between the UK and Italy may cost $1,100 - or it may cost $2,300, depending on whether the shipper or the carrier has the upper hand.’
    • ‘Both carriers and shippers are reaping real advantages in the form of multilane contracts.’
    • ‘The systems track the deluge of details associated with each freight load, including the shipper, the carrier, the goods, bills of lading, and the like.’

Origin

Late Old English scipere ‘sailor’. Current senses date from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation

shipper

/ˈSHipər//ˈʃɪpər/

Main definitions of shipper in US English:

: shipper1shipper2

shipper2

noun

informal
  • A person who supports or has a particular interest in a romantic pairing between two characters in a fictional series, often when such a relationship is not depicted in the series itself.

    ‘I'm not a Snape/Hermione shipper’
    ‘the relationship is bound to ruffle some shippers' feathers’
    • ‘We've also got an update on a certain New Girl couple that might enrage certain shippers.’
    • ‘And no, Danny won't be going with her but there is still a silver lining for you fellow Mindy and Danny shippers.’
    • ‘Keep an eye out for him in episode 11, and shout out your new shipper guesses in the comments below!’
    • ‘I have to say, this was a hilariously evil thing for the writers to do to 100% of all the shippers.’
    • ‘Jeff tells us he understands why fans want Stiles and Derek together, saying he realized he's a shipper himself.’
    • ‘But as you shippers are well aware, the road to a wedding is never smooth.’
    • ‘Judging from the steamy season 6 promo, the relationship is bound to ruffle some shippers' feathers.’
    • ‘He's a total Nick and Jess shipper!’
    • ‘Calm down, Castle and Beckett shippers, she takes a liking to Esposito.’
    • ‘He asked the crowd if there were any Jeff/Dean shippers in the audience.’
    • ‘Derek and Meredith shippers will get a kick out of episode 13, where the episode will involve some trips down memory lane.’
    • ‘I don't necessarily identify as a Jack and Emily shipper, but they're the closest thing the series has to real honest love.’

Origin

1990s: short for relationshipper, in same sense; originally with reference to writers of fan fiction concerning such relationships.

Pronunciation

shipper

/ˈSHipər//ˈʃɪpər/