adjective, scrimp·i·er, scrimp·i·est.

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

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper