[ skimp ]
/ skɪmp /

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 forms

skimp·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skimp


/ (skɪmp) /


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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