[ cheep ]
/ tʃip /
adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.
costing very little; relatively low in price; inexpensive: a cheap dress.
costing little labor or trouble: Words are cheap.
charging low prices: a very cheap store.
of little account; of small value; mean; shoddy: cheap conduct; cheap workmanship.
embarrassed; sheepish: He felt cheap about his mistake.
obtainable at a low rate of interest: when money is cheap.
of decreased value or purchasing power, as currency depreciated due to inflation.
stingy; miserly: He's too cheap to buy his own brother a cup of coffee.
at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell 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
cheap·ish, adjectivecheap·ish·ly, adverbcheap·ly, adverbcheap·ness, noun
o·ver·cheap, adjectiveo·ver·cheap·ly, adverbo·ver·cheap·ness, nounun·cheap·ly, adverb
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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Examples from the Web for cheapish
That will let you get me a cheapish one next year, after all.My Lady Nicotine|J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for cheapish
/ (tʃiːp) /
costing relatively little; inexpensive; good value
charging low pricesa cheap hairdresser
of poor quality; shoddycheap furniture; cheap and nasty
worth relatively littlepromises are cheap
not worthy of respect; vulgar
ashamed; embarrassedto feel cheap
informal mean; despicablea cheap liar
cheap as chips See chip (def. 11)
dirt cheap informal extremely inexpensive
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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Idioms and Phrases with cheapish
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheap
- cheap at twice the price
- cheap shot
- cheap skate
- dirt cheap
- on the cheap
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