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skimpy

[skim-pee] /ˈskɪm pi/
adjective, skimpier, skimpiest.
1.
lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty:
a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner.
2.
too thrifty; stingy:
a skimpy housekeeper.
Origin of skimpy
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; skimp + -y1
Related forms
skimpily, adverb
skimpiness, noun
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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

skimpy

/ˈskɪmpɪ/
adjective skimpier, skimpiest
1.
(of clothes, etc) made of too little material; scanty
2.
excessively thrifty; mean; stingy
Derived Forms
skimpily, adverb
skimpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skimpy
adj.

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.

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