-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 *skap- "to create, ordain, appoint," from PIE root * (s)kep- (see SHAPE (Cf. shape) (v.)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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