adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.
Origin of cheap
Examples from the Web for cheaply
Through his company, consumers will be able to cheaply make custom DNA strands, including what Heinz calls “creatures.”
“Red is really hard to do cheaply, so [high-end] designers love it,” Atkinson says.
Maybe this is because they don't realize how cheaply they can acquire bare-bones coverage.Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much?|Megan McArdle|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Even the Obama administration is making it easier for women who want to breastfeed to do so cheaply.Breastfeeding Shows Steady Growth Vs. Formula, According to CDC|Eliza Shapiro|February 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As was the case with so many other businesses, it turned out that machines could do the job more quickly and cheaply.
They have provided themselves with cheaply built churches, in which their frequent and long worship is mainly sound and fury.The Brothers' War|John Calvin Reed
But brilliant ideas were a common growth of his fertile mind, and, like all things easily produced, he held them cheaply.Round the Block|John Bell Bouton
It sounds little, but money was more valuable then, and he did not always kill a deer so cheaply.The Book of Coniston|William Gershom Collingwood
They bought their supplies wholesale inside, and then offered them cheaply outside, free from stand rentals and other charges.A Terminal Market System|Mrs. Elmer Black
The tailors sit at a table, not on one; and both they and the shoemakers work well and cheaply.The Malay Archipelago|Alfred Russell Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for cheaply
Word Origin for cheap
Word Origin and History for cheaply (1 of 2)
"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 cheaply
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheap
- cheap at twice the price
- cheap shot
- cheap skate
- dirt cheap
- on the cheap