adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.
- che guevara,
- che sarà sarà,
- cheap at twice the price,
- cheap out,
- cheap shot,
- cheap skate,
Origin of cheap
Examples from the Web for cheap
In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Betrayal…you can hear it…betraying the thing he loves for a cheap bit of film publicity.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Paper and cloth are cheap, what people are paying for is the story.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Was Che anything more than a cheap karaoke of what he stood for?The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.
The advantages conferred upon us by abundant supplies of iron and by cheap labour will not last for ever.Ancient and Modern Ships.|George C. V. Holmes
I will not say, Here is fine or cheap: that were an injury to the verse itself, and to the effects it can produce.Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist, Volume II|Henry Vaughan
These are cheap and durable, and are placed on the tiled floors so common in the colder parts of China.Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern|Rosa Belle Holt
Pelle had no objection to the cheap money; there were still plenty of difficulties to overcome.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete|Martin Anderson Nexo
The establishment of prolific and cheap journals in New York, in 1830, was an event of incalculable historical importance.The Collector|Henry T. Tuckerman
Word Origin for cheap
"low in price, that may be bought at small cost," c.1500, ultimately from Old English noun ceap "traffic, a purchase," from ceapian (v.) "trade," probably from an early Germanic borrowing from Latin caupo "petty tradesman, huckster" (see chapman).
The sense evolution is from the noun meaning "a barter, a purchase" to "a purchase as rated by the buyer," hence adjectival meaning "inexpensive," the main modern sense, via Middle English phrases such as god chep "favorable bargain" (12c., a translation of French a bon marché).
Sense of "lightly esteemed, common" is from 1590s (cf. similar evolution of Latin vilis). The meaning "low in price" was represented in Old English by undeor, literally "un-dear" (but deop ceap, literally "deep cheap," meant "high price").
The word also was used in Old English for "market" (cf. ceapdæg "market day"), a sense surviving in place names Cheapside, East Cheap, etc. Related: Cheaply. Expression on the cheap is first attested 1888. Cheap shot originally was U.S. football jargon for a head-on tackle; extended sense "unfair hit" in politics, etc. is by 1970. German billig "cheap" is from Middle Low German billik, originally "fair, just," with a sense evolution via billiger preis "fair price," etc.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheap
- cheap at twice the price
- cheap shot
- cheap skate
- dirt cheap
- on the cheap