- lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty: a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner.
- too thrifty; stingy: a skimpy housekeeper.
Origin of skimpy
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Examples from the Web for skimpy
During her 2011 tour of Canada, a skimpy yellow frock flew skywards on a Calgary airfield.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions
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His minimalist performance was so haunting—and his Oscar track record so skimpy—that I figured he was a lock.Did the Academy Snub Robert Redford Because He’s So Damn Handsome?
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Skimpy bralets and short-shorts take the cake in Britney Spears's new music video for her new anthem.
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They lean against the fence, hips jutted out, their legs exposed by scanty pink shorts and skimpy dresses.Haiti’s Horrendous Teenage Prostitution Problem
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Why had she not prevailed over her mother's fear of being "skimpy?"Alice Adams
Not that it wasn't simple enough, but it sure was skimpy above the belt.Torchy and Vee
It is skimpy in the extreme, but at any rate it is something.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
The flesh all these skimpy ones had lost, solid people had put on.The Freelands
What with the skimpy skirt and the high heels she could scarcely walk.Ruth Fielding Down East
Alice B. Emerson
- (of clothes, etc) made of too little material; scanty
- excessively thrifty; mean; stingy
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Word Origin and History for skimpy
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