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cheap

[ cheep ]
/ tʃip /
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adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.

adverb

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

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Idioms for cheap

    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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for cheap

cheap
/ (tʃiːp) /

adjective

noun

on the cheap British informal at a low cost

adverb

at very little cost
cheapish, adjectivecheaply, adverbcheapness, noun
Old English ceap barter, bargain, price, property; related to Old Norse kaup bargain, Old High German kouf trade, Latin caupō innkeeper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with cheap

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