[bahr-guh n-beys-muh nt]


very low-priced.
noticeably lacking in quality; inferior.

Origin of bargain-basement

First recorded in 1955–60

bargain basement


a basement area in some stores where goods are sold at prices lower than usual.

Origin of bargain basement

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bargain-basement

bargain basement


part of a shop where goods are sold at reduced prices
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