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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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Related Words for scrimpy

paltry, tenuous, scanty, minimum, sparse, miserable, scant, insufficient, mere, puny, skimpy, selfish, greedy, tight, meager, thin, infrequent, inadequate, sporadic, scarce

Examples from the Web for scrimpy

Historical Examples of 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.

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