verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of scrimp
Examples from the Web for scrimp
He decides instead to “scrimp and save”—and to collect aluminum cans on Capitol Hill to make up the difference.Speed Read: 11 Best Bits from Joe Biden Satire ‘The President of Vice’|Caroline Linton|January 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And so they live beyond their means or else they scrimp and suffer.Through the Eye of the Needle|William Dean Howells
Mrs. Scrimp was a woman of theories also, and her pet one accorded well with the aforementioned characteristic.
Mrs. Scrimp and Gracie were already seated at the table and had began their meal.
We don't any of us begrutch it to ye; and what I came up to say now was, don't you scrimp yourself down there to send home to us.The Minister's Charge|William Dean Howells
William is a lot older than I am, and he controlled me—always—made me economize, scrimp, and save.The Next of Kin|Nellie L. McClung
British Dictionary definitions for scrimp
Word Origin for scrimp
Word Origin and History for scrimp
"to make too small," 1774, originally in English an adjective, "scant, meager" (1718), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish skrumpna "to shrink, shrivel up," Danish skrumpen "shrunken, shriveled"), or from a continental Germanic source akin to Middle High German schrimpfen, German schrumpfen "to shrivel," from Proto-Germanic *skrimp-, from PIE root *(s)kerb- "to turn, bend." Related: Scrimped; scrimping.