- to scrimp.
- to scrimp.
- to scamp.
- skimpy; scanty.
Origin of skimp
First recorded in 1875–80; origin uncertain
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1, 2. stint, pinch.
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Examples from the Web for skimp
"Now we'll not have to skimp so with things," said Mrs. Twig happily.Left on the Labrador
Have good cake when you have any, and do not try and skimp on the materials.Living on a Little
Caroline French Benton
But Fritzing would not skimp any part of his farewell ceremonies.The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight
Elizabeth von Arnim
Theyve a pretty good substitute for Skimp; at least I think that Bunty will play a good game.Betty Lee, Freshman
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He began to skimp a little and I found out afterwards that one reason he grew so thin was because he did away with his noon meal.One Way Out
- to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
- to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials
C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp
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Word Origin and History for skimp
1879, probably a back-formation of skimpy. Related: Skimped; skimping.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper