[ skrim-pee ]
/ ˈskrɪm pi /

adjective, scrimp·i·er, scrimp·i·est.

scanty; meager; barely adequate.
tending to scrimp; frugal; parsimonious.

Nearby words

  1. scrim,
  2. scrimmage,
  3. scrimmage line,
  4. scrimp,
  5. scrimp and save,
  6. scrimshander,
  7. scrimshank,
  8. scrimshaw,
  9. scrinia,
  10. scrinium

Origin of scrimpy

First recorded in 1850–55; scrimp + -y1

Related formsscrimp·i·ly, adverbscrimp·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrimpy

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper