In fandom, one who supports a certain relationship between two characters or believes it will come about. Originally came about as the word ship, short for relationship.

For example, there are many Mulder/Scully shippers in the X-Files fandom, and a veritable war going in the Harry Potter fandom between the Harry/Hermione shippers and the Ron/Hermione shippers.

Can also be a verb, as in "Why do you think I'm crazy just because I ship Frodo/Gollum?"

Ship"per (?), n. [See Ship, n., and cf. Skipper.]

One who sends goods from one place to another not in the same city or town, esp. one who sends goods by water.


© Webster 1913.

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