- -ship [ship][ME < OE -scipe (akin to Ger -schaft, Du -scap) < base of scieppan, to create: see SHAPE] a suffix forming nouns1. the quality, condition, or state of being [hardship, friendship]2.a) the rank or office of [professorship]b) a person having the rank or status of [lordship]3. ability or skill as [statesmanship]4. all individuals (of the specified class) collectively [readership]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.