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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for skimp
Historical Examples
  • "You ain't called to skimp yo'self none on dat rice," she told him confidentially.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
  • Theyve a pretty good substitute for skimp; at least I think that Bunty will play a good game.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (
  • After that, however, they began to skimp on our food and to give us things of poor quality.

    In the Flash Ranging Service Edward Alva Trueblood
  • 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
  • Nina's dress was of raspberry cloth, cut in the latest exaggeration of fashion—her skirt was short and skimp as her hat was huge.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • We'uns has ten chillun and sometimes we has to skimp, but we gets on.

  • There must be something inherently mean in women, to skimp themselves as they do.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • 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
  • 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
  • You do not skimp or shirk performances of duty or contract, but rather go further and give more than expected or asked.

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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