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1.
A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well. (Just think of "shipping" as short for "relationSHIP".)
It generally uses the initials of the characters shipped or a combination of the names, though this is not a rule.

AMshipping
AM-shipping
AM shipping
Ash & Misty shipping
Ashistyshipping
by Aiya March 06, 2005
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Fandom uses this word as a verb to denote their interest in the possible (and perhaps more often impossible) romantic relationship between two characters in a piece of fiction belonging to any medium. It's really never used in a platonic way, but if it ever is, people tend to separately emphasize that they are using it platonically.

Usually written: Character/Character or CharacterxCharacter. Fanfiction without any shipping, or with little emphasis on ship is usually labeled genfic, which there is a depressing lack of.
Person 1: It is a little weird how much I am retroactively shipping DoogiexVinnie.
Person 2: Yeah. That's kinda damaged. And Vinnie's like a little weasel. He's got a weasel face.
Person 1: But did you notice how weirdly gay they are for each other???
Person 2: No. Eww. Stop talking.
by Heligoland December 04, 2009
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3.
In fanfic, putting characters into a romantic relationship, such as writing Ash + Misty from Pokemon as a couple. Often plays on perceived chemistry between characters in the original series. Abbreviated form of the word relationshipping.
These fanfics are just a load of shipping. There's no plot...
by Blue Jack July 11, 2008
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This is most ofter used on tumblr by fandoms. Fandoms will ship everything and anything. Shipping comes from the word relationSHIP. Basically it is when you want a fictional character, real-life person, or cartoon people to be together. People often write fanfictions about their favorite ship, called their OTP.
Person 1: Wow I totally ship michellie!!
Person 2: OH MY GOD NO I SHIP DELLIE!!
Person 3: wait how can you ship a person isn't that illegal to send them with UPS or something?
Person 2: No i want them as a couple. It's called Shipping.
by npts December 11, 2012
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5.
The act of pairing any two characters together. Lonely people do this to try to suppress their own loneliness. It usually leads to making terrible fan art.
"Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash are friends, they should date!" - a deviantard
"i love shipping narutoXgoku cuz i no they wuld b a gr8 couple and theyr hot"
- another deviantard
by Peskyplumber November 20, 2011
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6.
Also, can be made from inanimate objects. Almost anything can be "shipped".
Puzzleshipping, Shinigamishipping, Bleachshipping, Breadshipping.
by Pan Pan Chan March 30, 2005
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