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[skim-pee] /ˈskɪm pi/
adjective, skimpier, skimpiest.
lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty:
a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner.
too thrifty; stingy:
a skimpy housekeeper.
Origin of skimpy
First recorded in 1835-45; skimp + -y1
Related forms
skimpily, adverb
skimpiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Why had she not prevailed over her mother's fear of being "skimpy?"

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Not that it wasn't simple enough, but it sure was skimpy above the belt.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • It is skimpy in the extreme, but at any rate it is something.

  • The flesh all these skimpy ones had lost, solid people had put on.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • What with the skimpy skirt and the high heels she could scarcely walk.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for skimpy


adjective skimpier, skimpiest
(of clothes, etc) made of too little material; scanty
excessively thrifty; mean; stingy
Derived Forms
skimpily, adverb
skimpiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for skimpy

1842, from skimp (adj.) "scanty" (1775), which perhaps ultimately is from an early 18c. alteration of scrimp or a variant of scamp (v.). Related: Skimpiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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