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 cheaper
You might think that the reason Medicaid does not require coverage of HCBS is because institutional care is cheaper.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No lasting jobs, no cheaper gas, and a chance to kill off one-fourth of U.S. farmland and maybe the planet.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wireless was cheaper than wired communications, and cell phones were proliferating.
It was 30 percent cheaper to operate than previous jets, and it carried twice as many people.
The cars had plush green upholstery and stained-glass windows and were faster and cheaper than a horse-and-buggy.
He ought to have consulted her in order to get them cheaper.Sentimental Education, Volume II|Gustave Flaubert
Some things are cheaper here—the railway comes a little cheaper, and is infinitely more miserable.Sea and Sardinia|D. H. Lawrence
I think myself, as a general rule, it is cheaper to buy them off.A Woman Intervenes|Robert Barr
The cheaper simpler scrims and cheese cloths which are easily laundered are now used by the best people.The Upward Path|Various
It must be kept all at home, that our dear manufacturers may have it the cheaper.Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself, Volume II (of 2)|Benjamin Franklin
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