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[skimp] /skɪmp/
verb (used without object)
to scrimp.
verb (used with object)
to scrimp.
to scamp.
skimpy; scanty.
Origin of skimp
First recorded in 1875-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
skimpingly, adverb
1, 2. stint, pinch. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for skimp
Historical Examples
  • "Now we'll not have to skimp so with things," said Mrs. Twig happily.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • 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.

  • Theyve a pretty good substitute for skimp; at least I think that Bunty will play a good game.

    Betty Lee, Freshman

    David Goodger (
  • 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 William Carleton
  • Overcoats were cut as simply as possible, though they did not skimp the material but made them wide and loose.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • We'uns has ten chillun and sometimes we has to skimp, but we gets on.

  • "You ain't called to skimp yo'self none on dat rice," she told him confidentially.

    A Woman Named Smith

    Marie Conway Oemler
  • Then as the sober days of manhood came, and Landy witnessed the finish of the improvident and foolish, he began to save and skimp.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Fong liked the work at the Diamond H; he also like the generous wages and not having to skimp in any way.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
British Dictionary definitions for skimp


to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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