verb (used without object)

to scrimp.

verb (used with object)

to scrimp.
to scamp.


skimpy; scanty.

Origin of skimp

First recorded in 1875–80; origin uncertain
Related formsskimp·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for skimp

1, 2. stint, pinch. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for skimp

scrimp, screw, slight, pinch, scrape, withhold, spare, scamp, scant, save, stint

Examples from the Web for skimp

Historical Examples of skimp

  • "Now we'll not have to skimp so with things," said Mrs. Twig happily.

    Left on the Labrador

    Dillon Wallace

  • Have good cake when you have any, and do not try and skimp on the materials.

    Living on a Little

    Caroline French Benton

  • But Fritzing would not skimp any part of his farewell ceremonies.

  • Theyve a pretty good substitute for Skimp; at least I think that Bunty will play a good game.

    Betty Lee, Freshman

    David Goodger (

  • He began to skimp a little and I found out afterwards that one reason he grew so thin was because he did away with his noon meal.

    One Way Out

    William Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for skimp



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper