Shipping vs Freight - What's the difference?

shipping | freight |

As nouns the difference between shipping and freight

is that shipping is the transportation of goods while freight is payment for transportation.

As verbs the difference between shipping and freight

is that shipping is while freight is to transport (goods).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?


Etymology 1

From (etyl) schipping, schyppynge, from (etyl) schippen, .


  • The transportation of goods.
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  • The body of ships belonging to one nation, port or industry.
  • Passage or transport on a ship.
  • The cost of sending an item or package via postal services.
  • Navigation.
  • * Shakespeare
  • God send 'em good shipping .
    Derived terms
    * shipping lane

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • freight



  • Payment for transportation.
  • The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.
  • Goods or items in transport.
  • The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.
  • Transport of goods.
  • They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.
  • (label) Cultural or emotional associations.
  • A wedding ring is small, but it has massive emotional freight .


    * cargo * luggage

    Derived terms

    * freight car * freighter * freight yard * pay the freight


    (en verb)
  • To transport (goods).
  • To load with freight. Also figurative .
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  • Derived terms

    * fraught


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