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verb (used without object)
  1. to scrimp.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to scrimp.
  2. to scamp.
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  1. skimpy; scanty.
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Origin of skimp

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

Synonyms for skimp

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1, 2. stint, pinch.
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Related Words for skimper

paltry, tenuous, scanty, minimum, sparse, miserable, scant, insufficient, mere, puny, skimpy, slight, scrimpy, short, spare, skimp, bare, thin, scrimp, wanting

British Dictionary definitions for skimper


  1. to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
  2. to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials
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Word Origin for skimp

C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp
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Word Origin and History for skimper



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

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