[ skrimp ]
/ skrɪmp /

verb (used without object)

to be sparing or frugal; economize (often followed by on): They scrimped and saved for everything they have. He spends most of his money on clothes, and scrimps on food.

verb (used with object)

to be sparing or restrictive of or in; limit severely: to scrimp food.
to keep on short allowance; provide sparingly for: to scrimp their elderly parents.

Origin of scrimp

1710–20; < Scandinavian; compare Swedish skrympa, Norwegian, Danish skrumpe (orig. *skrimpa, strong v.) to shrivel, cognate with Middle High German schrimpfen to contract; see shrimp


un·scrimped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scrimp

/ (skrɪmp) /


(when intr, sometimes foll by on) to be very economical or sparing in the use (of) (esp in the phrase scrimp and save)
(tr) to treat meanlyhe is scrimping his children
(tr) to cut too small


a less common word for scant

Derived forms of scrimp

scrimpy, adjectivescrimpily, adverbscrimpiness, noun

Word Origin for scrimp

C18: Scottish, origin unknown
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