- costing very little; relatively low in price; inexpensive: a cheap dress.
- costing little labor or trouble: Words are cheap.
- charging low prices: a very cheap store.
- of little account; of small value; mean; shoddy: cheap conduct; cheap workmanship.
- embarrassed; sheepish: He felt cheap about his mistake.
- obtainable at a low rate of interest: when money is cheap.
- of decreased value or purchasing power, as currency depreciated due to inflation.
- stingy; miserly: He's too cheap to buy his own brother a cup of coffee.
- at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell cheap.
- cheap at twice the price, exceedingly inexpensive: I found this old chair for eight dollars—it would be cheap at twice the price.
- on the cheap, Informal. inexpensively; economically: She enjoys traveling on the cheap.
Origin of cheap
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Examples from the Web for cheaper
You might think that the reason Medicaid does not require coverage of HCBS is because institutional care is cheaper.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
No lasting jobs, no cheaper gas, and a chance to kill off one-fourth of U.S. farmland and maybe the planet.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
Wireless was cheaper than wired communications, and cell phones were proliferating.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
It was 30 percent cheaper to operate than previous jets, and it carried twice as many people.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
The cars had plush green upholstery and stained-glass windows and were faster and cheaper than a horse-and-buggy.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
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I always keep my own; it is cheaper than to depend on the street boys.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It'd be cheaper than coal, I thought; that's why I invented it.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
I think myself, as a general rule, it is cheaper to buy them off.
You don't get it done any cheaper by haggling about the price beforehand—I've found that out.'
I give you my advice that it is better for you, and cheaper, to go back to London.
- costing relatively little; inexpensive; good value
- charging low pricesa cheap hairdresser
- of poor quality; shoddycheap furniture; cheap and nasty
- worth relatively littlepromises are cheap
- not worthy of respect; vulgar
- ashamed; embarrassedto feel cheap
- stingy; miserly
- informal mean; despicablea cheap liar
- cheap as chips See chip (def. 11)
- dirt cheap informal extremely inexpensive
- on the cheap British informal at a low cost
- at very little cost
Word Origin and History for cheaper
"low in price, that may be bought at small cost," c.1500, ultimately from Old English noun ceap "traffic, a purchase," from ceapian (v.) "trade," probably from an early Germanic borrowing from Latin caupo "petty tradesman, huckster" (see chapman).
The sense evolution is from the noun meaning "a barter, a purchase" to "a purchase as rated by the buyer," hence adjectival meaning "inexpensive," the main modern sense, via Middle English phrases such as god chep "favorable bargain" (12c., a translation of French a bon marché).
Sense of "lightly esteemed, common" is from 1590s (cf. similar evolution of Latin vilis). The meaning "low in price" was represented in Old English by undeor, literally "un-dear" (but deop ceap, literally "deep cheap," meant "high price").
The word also was used in Old English for "market" (cf. ceapdæg "market day"), a sense surviving in place names Cheapside, East Cheap, etc. Related: Cheaply. Expression on the cheap is first attested 1888. Cheap shot originally was U.S. football jargon for a head-on tackle; extended sense "unfair hit" in politics, etc. is by 1970. German billig "cheap" is from Middle Low German billik, originally "fair, just," with a sense evolution via billiger preis "fair price," etc.