skimp

[ skimp ]
/ skɪmp /

verb (used without object)

to scrimp.

verb (used with object)

to scrimp.
to scamp.

adjective

skimpy; scanty.

Nearby words

  1. skimmerton,
  2. skimmia,
  3. skimming,
  4. skimmings,
  5. skimobile,
  6. skimpy,
  7. skin,
  8. skin alive,
  9. skin and bones,
  10. skin care

Origin of skimp

First recorded in 1875–80; origin uncertain

Related formsskimp·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for skimp

skimp

/ (skɪmp) /

verb

to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials

Word Origin for skimp

C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp

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Word Origin and History for skimp

skimp

v.

1879, probably a back-formation of skimpy. Related: Skimped; skimping.

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