Origin of skimp
OTHER WORDS FROM skimpskimp·ing·ly, adverb
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What does skimp mean?
Skimp most commonly means to provide too little or be stingy when supplying someone with something, as in This place always skimps on the salad dressing, so I usually order some extra on the side.
The word is often used in the command don’t skimp, which is a request not to provide an amount that the speaker considers inadequate, as in Hey, don’t skimp on the ice cream—I want a big scoop!
To skimp on materials when making or constructing something is to use ones that are low-quality or to use fewer than are needed to do the job properly.
Skimp is a synonym of scrimp, but scrimp most commonly means to be frugal by finding ways to avoid spending money. It’s especially used in the phrase scrimp and save, as in We had to scrimp and save just to afford this trip.
The adjective skimpy can mean stingy or lacking in some way. It’s especially used to describe an outfit that’s considered a bit revealing due to not covering as much as might be usual.
Example: Don’t skimp on the butter when you make the cookies or they’ll turn out dry and brittle.
Where does skimp come from?
The first records of the word skimp come from the 1870s. It may come from a combination of scant and scrimp, but its origin is uncertain.
Skimp is perhaps most commonly used in the context of not getting as much as we want when ordering food. You might say that a restaurant skimps on their portions, or that whoever made the food skimped on a certain ingredient, as in I know you want to make the recipe healthier, but if you skimp on the salt, it will turn out bland.
When the word is used in the context of building or making something, skimp often implies a lack of quality in the materials or that someone has cut corners.
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How is skimp used in real life?
Skimp is usually used in negative contexts, though usually ones that are not too serious. It’s often used when people complain that they haven’t been given enough of something, especially food that they’ve ordered.
Banh mi places always skimp on the pickled daikon
— Bergo (Gus Van Sant remake) 👻 (@BergoEsBueno) September 14, 2017
Yesterday, I made quiche again: gruyere cheese, crispy bacon, green onion, heavy cream, eggs, fluted homemade crust. I don't skimp on the amount of bacon used. :-)
— EdinaMN Guy (@EdinaMNguy) July 25, 2020
— Extreme How-To (@ExtremeHow_To) August 26, 2016
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If you say that someone skimped on something, it usually means that they didn’t provide as much of it as you wanted.
How to use skimp in a sentence
The final word on shopping for the best toasterA good toaster is an indispensable part of any kitchen, and today’s models don’t skimp on details and features that can tackle many different cooking tasks.Best toaster: Get perfectly golden slices every time|PopSci Commerce Team|February 10, 2021|Popular-Science
Hours seven through nine—the hours we’re most likely to skimp on—may actually be the most powerful.
In every video, Burke and his team both inform and entertain, skimping neither on technical jargon nor opportunities to create useful Reddit memes.GamersNexus’ Steve Burke overclocks his YouTube channel’s best comments|Nathan Mattise|January 21, 2021|Ars Technica
Keysight makes “critical tools that companies are unlikely to skimp on” and that become “sticky” once users get accustomed to them, says Vontobel’s Chang.
Of course, if you’re looking for a more passive VR experience, such as “virtual travel” or immersive movies, you can maybe skimp on or even outright ditch the need for specialized controllers of any kind.Best VR headsets: Bring your entertainment to life|Eric Alt|January 11, 2021|Popular-Science
I don't skimp when it comes to scrambled eggs; I want mine with real butter, and enough cream to hold them up, but not leak.
Then as the sober days of manhood came, and Landy witnessed the finish of the improvident and foolish, he began to save and skimp.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
"Now we'll not have to skimp so with things," said Mrs. Twig happily.Left on the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
Theyve a pretty good substitute for Skimp; at least I think that Bunty will play a good game.Betty Lee, Freshman|David Goodger (email@example.com)
Overcoats were cut as simply as possible, though they did not skimp the material but made them wide and loose.English Costume|Dion Clayton Calthrop
Fong liked the work at the Diamond H; he also like the generous wages and not having to skimp in any way.The Long Dim Trail|Forrestine C. Hooker