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skimp

[skimp]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to scrimp.
verb (used with object)
  1. to scrimp.
  2. to scamp.
adjective
  1. skimpy; scanty.

Origin of skimp

First recorded in 1875–80; origin uncertain
Related formsskimp·ing·ly, adverb

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1, 2. stint, pinch.
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British Dictionary definitions for skimper

skimp

verb
  1. to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
  2. to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials

Word Origin

C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp
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Word Origin and History for skimper

skimp

v.

1879, probably a back-formation of skimpy. Related: Skimped; skimping.

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