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 cheapest
"They are the cheapest thing on the market and they are what has been offered," he says.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, it takes more than $48,000 a year just to live sustainably in the cheapest parts of the United States.Free Market Failure: Raising a Kid Is a Rigged Game in the USA|Monica Potts|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Riahi kept smiling and chain-smoking Cristal cigarettes, the cheapest Tunisian brand.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists|Thomas A. Bass|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cheapest countries to fly to, Seaney says, will be Germany, Ireland, and Spain.
While I prefer having all my books on one light device, e-books are still not the cheapest option in every case.Print Textbooks Still Dominate Campus Textbook Market|Ashley Mungiguerra|August 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I rushed forthwith and took the cheapest ticket I could get, for the very top of the house.
Lamps are the cheapest form of resistance; but in case they are not available, any other form of resistance can be used.Electricity for the farm|Frederick Irving Anderson
The buildings may be of the simplest and cheapest possible character.
With her, labor is a drug, the cheapest article she has, and so she exports it.Across America|James F. Rusling
These, it is to be hoped, are secured at the cheapest and easiest rate; if not, they will be secured at more expense.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|Edited by James D. Richardson
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