From Middle English schiften, from Old English sċiftan, from Proto-Germanic *skiftijaną, *skiptijaną, from earlier *skipatjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *skeyb-, from Proto-Indo-European *skey-. Cognate with Scots schift, skift, West Frisian skifte, skiftsje, Dutch schiften ("to sort, screen, winnow, part"), German schichten ("to stack, layer"), Swedish skifta ("to shift, change, exchange, vary"), Norwegian skifte ("to shift"), Icelandic skipta ("to switch"). See ship.
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