meaning of -ship

-ship meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming factor definition "quality, condition; work, energy, skill; office, place; relation between," Middle English -schipe, from Old English -sciepe, Anglian -scip "condition, problem to be," from Proto-Germanic *-skapaz (cognates: Old Norse -skapr, Danish -skab, Old Frisian -skip, Dutch -schap, German -schaft), from *skap- "to create, ordain, appoint," from PIE root *(s)kep- (see shape (v.)).

-ship meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix denoting state, office, self-esteem, profession, or art; as in lordship, friendship, chancellorship, stewardship, horsemanship.