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adjective, scrimp·i·er, scrimp·i·est.
  1. scanty; meager; barely adequate.
  2. tending to scrimp; frugal; parsimonious.
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Origin of scrimpy

First recorded in 1850–55; scrimp + -y1
Related formsscrimp·i·ly, adverbscrimp·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for scrimpy

Historical Examples

  • From the scrimpy legs of the knickerbockers his knees shone bare and brown.

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur

Word Origin and History for scrimpy


1855, from scrimp (v.) + -y (2). Related: Scrimpily; scrimpiness.

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