[ cheep ]
/ tʃip /

adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.


at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell cheap.

Nearby words

  1. chb,
  2. chd,
  3. che,
  4. che guevara,
  5. che sarà sarà,
  6. cheap at twice the price,
  7. cheap out,
  8. cheap shot,
  9. cheap skate,
  10. cheap-jack


    cheap at twice the price, exceedingly inexpensive: I found this old chair for eight dollars—it would be cheap at twice the price.
    on the cheap, Informal. inexpensively; economically: She enjoys traveling on the cheap.

Origin of cheap

before 900; Middle English cheep (short for phrases, as good cheep cheap, literally, good bargain), Old English cēap bargain, market, trade; cognate with German Kauf, Old Norse kaup; all < Latin caupō innkeeper, tradesman; see chapman

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 4. Cheap, inexpensive agree in their suggestion of low cost. Cheap now usually suggests shoddiness, inferiority, showy imitation, complete unworthiness, and the like: a cheap kind of fur. Inexpensive emphasizes lowness of price (although more expensive than cheap ) and suggests that the value is fully equal to the cost: an inexpensive dress. It is often used as an evasion for the more specific cheap. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cheap


/ (tʃiːp) /



on the cheap British informal at a low cost


at very little cost
Derived Formscheapish, adjectivecheaply, adverbcheapness, noun

Word Origin for cheap

Old English ceap barter, bargain, price, property; related to Old Norse kaup bargain, Old High German kouf trade, Latin caupō innkeeper

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Word Origin and History for cheap


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Idioms and Phrases with cheap


In addition to the idioms beginning with cheap

  • cheap at twice the price
  • cheap shot
  • cheap skate

also see:

  • dirt cheap
  • on the cheap
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