adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.
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
British Dictionary definitions for cheap
Word Origin for cheap
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with cheap
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheap
- cheap at twice the price
- cheap shot
- cheap skate
- dirt cheap
- on the cheap