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The word comes from 'relationship', and means supporting an existing romantic relationship between two characters, or the idea of two characters who are not currently together being a couple. The couple are called a 'ship', and the person doing the shipping is a 'shipper'. The term can also be used in reference to real-life people. A person's favourite 'ship' is their 'OTP' - One True Pairing.
e.g. "I ship Hiccstrid SO HARD! They're my OTP!"
e.g. "Oh my god, the ship has sailed!"
e.g. "I'm gonna start shipping them, they're so adorable together!"
by Perov March 06, 2017
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When you think two people are a match made in heaven for each other, you ship them. Usually used in fandoms.
person 1: Omg, are you shipping Kambrose or Lambrose?
person 2: Kambrose? No! Never! When did that even exist?
person 1: Someone thought it would be funny to say Karim and Mr Ambrose... like this book is set in the victorian times. Gay love wasn't welcome at all.
person 2: Who cares, I ship Lilly Linton and Rikkard Ambrose so hard I could die.
person 1: Agreed, Lambrose for the win!!!!!!!!!
by jace545 October 22, 2015
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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 ChrisxLexi
Person 2: Yeah. That's kinda Odd. And Chris's like a Big Star. He's got a Sexy Girlfriend..
Person 1: But did you notice how weirdly Sexually Cra-Cra they are for each other???

Person 2: No. Eww. Stop talking.
by Sexylovelylady July 25, 2014
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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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A romantic pairing between two fictional or real life people usually in a fandom or fan base.
by teakind aka phan trash #1 September 13, 2016
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Short for relationshipping. The act of pretending that two characters who have never talked to each other will suddenly fall in love. Often followed by disgusting fanart and b-list fanfiction.
Very popular among fandoms, especially the Marvel fandom.

A synonym for cancer.
"Shipping is cancer."
"The marvel fandom is full of idiots and gay ships."
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